Clients and peers praise Stephanie's work ethic, describing her as "quick to respond, attentive and very helpful with her opinions," "a diligent student of the law and a substantially effective trial lawyer" and "bright, responsive and a pleasure to work with," according to Chambers USA.

Overview

First and foremost a strategic legal advisor, Stephanie provides her clients with practical business and legal solutions in all areas of employment law compliance. Stephanie's focus is always on the business objectives of her clients in reaching the best possible outcome. As co-chair of the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits practice, Stephanie has first-hand insight into the many talents of more than 50 labor, employment and employee benefits attorneys throughout the country with whom she collaborates to provide exceptional client service.

Whether she is defending employment litigation cases, developing strategy to fight certification in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class and collective actions, defending clients in wage and hour audits before the Department of Labor, or providing daily employment counseling, Stephanie takes a refreshingly straightforward approach when navigating challenging legal issues. In addition to her broad-based litigation experience, Stephanie has several specialty practice areas including representing clients in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) audits and claims before the Department of Labor (DOL). She provides consulting, training and audits on a variety of employment law compliance issues, including consultation in the development and implementation of affirmative action plans, diversity programs, personnel policies and procedures. Stephanie also represents colleges and universities on various employment and Title IX-related issues including sexual harassment, misconduct and assault investigations. In addition, she utilizes her experience to serve as lead labor and employment specialty counsel in M&A transactions.

Experience

Stephanie has represented federal contractors and subcontractors throughout the United States in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, health care, food processing and energy, during affirmative action plan (AAP) audits and administrative proceedings before the OFCCP. Stephanie's experience includes full service preparation of affirmative action plans and related compliance assistance to successfully resolving OFCCP audits with no findings of discrimination and no requirement of back pay awards or offers to unsuccessful applicants. Stephanie has experience working with various offices of the OFCCP including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis.

More than 20 years’ experience successfully advising and defending employment administrative charges, litigation matters and appeals for global aviation manufacturing company, including the defense and successful resolution of an EEOC-filed disability discrimination class action lawsuit.

Defense of a full-service nationwide provider of distribution center, warehouse and logistic needs in the defense of multiple actions challenging its independent contractor business model including the simultaneous defense of FLSA collective actions, state court class actions and state administrative claims.

Successful defense of cases for a large, Kansas-based energy company, for more than 20 years, including a Title VII retaliation case affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; a state law whistleblower claim arising out the criminal trials of two former executives; federal court disability discrimination cases; and worker's compensation retaliation cases.

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Speaking Engagements

Stephanie speaks several times a year on various trending employment law topics. Below are some recent and representative presentations including:

  • "EEO Compliance and Positive Workplace Training," 2017-2018
  • "New Challenges for HR" seminar series, 2008-2019
  • "Employment Law Compliance and Best Practices for Managers," 2017
  • "OFCCP Trends and Audit Best Practices" presentation for Topeka-SHRM,  2016
  • "ADA and Reasonable Accommodation Training and Best Practices," 2016
  • "Affirmative Action Requirements for Banks and Financial Institutions," 2016
  • "Legal Project Management" panel speaker, 2015
  • "Affirmative Action: A Brave New World for Government Contractors," seminar for Kansas-SHRM annual meeting, 2014
  • "Recent Changes Affecting Employment Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions," Business Law Update Seminar, 2013 

Recognitions

Recognitions

Recognized in Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor & Employment as well as the Best Lawyers "2017 Women in the Law" recognition.

Consistently recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Stephanie Scheck is highly respected for her litigation strengths and advises clients on complex class actions and FLSA class certification cases. An appreciative client says: "she is quick to respond, attentive and very helpful with her opinions."

Listed as a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer® for Employment Litigation: Defense.

Nominated by her peers as one of the leading practitioners in her field in Who's Who Legal USA: Management Labor & Employment.

Recognized in the debut edition of Benchmark Litigation for Kansas where she received acclaim for her "skillful" mastery of employment litigation and her "cost effective" representation.

Recognized for her community involvement by being selected to the 2003 class of the "40 Under 40." This honor is given by the Wichita Business Journal to recognize Wichita residents under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to the area's economy and to the community. 

Awarded the "President's Award" in recognition for her service on the Wichita Bar Association's Diversity Action Plan Drafting Committee who worked to develop a Plan to promote diversity in the legal community in Wichita.  

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Kansas and Wichita Women Attorneys Association

Society for Human Resource Management Member and Frequent Speaker

North Wichita YMCA, Advisory Board and Strong Kids Campaigner of the Year

Dress For Success Wichita, former President and Vice President

The Independent School, Board of Trustees 2011-2017  

Admissions

  • Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Education

University of Kansas, J.D., 1996

  • Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy

Kansas State University, B.S., Business Administration, Human Resources Management, cum laude, 1993

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