Julie K Collins Reyes

Ms. Reyes is counsel in the Labor and Employment Group, and is a member of the firm’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, as well as a member of the firm’s national Background Screening Compliance and Litigation Group.

Ms. Reyes devotes her practice to advising employers of their rights and obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and representing management in litigation and administrative enforcement actions arising under state and federal wage and hour laws. Ms. Reyes has defended several class and collective actions brought by employees alleging a variety of wage and hour violations under federal and state law. In addition to defending litigation, Ms. Reyes also advises clients on proactive ways to comply with federal and state wage and hour laws. Ms. Reyes also has significant experience in large-scale audits of employer workforces. Ms. Reyes’s assistance to clients on wage and hour matters spans many industries, including finance, hospitality, transportation, and consulting.

In addition to her wage and hour work, Ms. Reyes also dedicates her practice to advising both employers and providers (resellers and consumer reporting agencies) of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening. Ms. Reyes has also been involved in litigation regarding these issues.

Ms. Reyes also has a significant experience in other aspects of employment litigation, including state and federal court cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination and harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state laws, allegations of retaliation, allegations of disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes, and allegations of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). In addition to federal and state court cases, Ms. Reyes has also handled numerous actions before various state and local administrative agencies, asserting a variety of discrimination and retaliation claims.

Ms. Reyes speaks to employers and attorneys on wage and hour issues, as well as background screening issues, including the use of social media in employment screening. Ms. Reyes is also a contributor to the ALM Law Journal Press wage and hour treatise.

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Areas of Practice 1) Wage & Hour Litigation, 2) Wage & Hour Compliance Reviews and Assessments, 3) Wage & Hour Audit, 4) Assessment, 5) and Counseling, 6) Labor & Employment, 7) Hiring, 8) Testing & Selection, 9) Government Compliance and Enforcement Actions and 10) Employment Litigation
Law School Marquette University Law School (J.D., 2007)
Education University of Wisconsin (B.S., 2004)
Bar Member / Association Illinois State Bar Association, Wisconsin State Bar Association
Most recent firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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