Heather Steele

Associate | Akron

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Assistant  |  Barbara Guzman  :  [email protected]

About Heather:

As an employment and labor attorney, I provide businesses with necessary and up-to-date guidance spanning from day-to-day employee management to complex claims surrounding discrimination and harassment. When litigation is unavoidable, or a charge has already been filed with an administrative agency, I vigorously defend and guide my clients through the court or administrative process from start to finish. I also support businesses and educational institutions by handling investigations and the decision-making process for Title IX matters.

Both employment matters and Title IX claims are often urgent, sensitive and complex.  Therefore I approach each case with a fair and objective mindset, and with the experience and training required to ensure each matter is handled correctly and efficiently.

Prior to joining the practice of law, I served as a general manager for a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. I believe my past experience gives me a unique and important understanding of my client’s needs. My goal is to ensure my clients feel heard, valued and a part of the decision making process when working with me.

  • Counsel clients on employment issues, including personnel policies, multistate compliance, FLMA and requests for leave, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, accommodation requests, restrictive covenants, including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and employee separations and reductions in force
  • Represent employers before administrative agencies including the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), Unemployment Compensation Review Commission (UCRC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC )and Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Handle employment and general litigation matters in state/federal court
  • Advise clients on COVID-19 related guidance and decisions
  • Conduct thorough, fair and impartial workplace investigations
  • Conduct workforce training and development
  • Serve as a Title IX Investigator and Decision Maker for school districts and universities

  • The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Litigation Certificate from UA Law
  • B.A. from UMASS Lowell

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio

  • Board Member, Greenleaf Family Center
  • Torchbearers Akron, Class of 2023

  • "Winter is Coming: Are you ready?"  Breakfast with Buckingham, October 2022
  • "Making the Call: Evaluating Request for Religious Objections to the COVID-19 Vaccine,"  Akron Bar Association, January 2022
  • "HR Nightmares," Canton Regional SCORE, August 2021
  • "Hiring Legalities and Best Practices," Canton Regional SCORE, May 2021
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment Issues (30 minute webinar; November 2020)

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