Gustavo A. Suarez

Of Counsel || Greenville

Gustavo (“Gus”) Suárez assists employers with a broad range of employment law issues, including federal, state, and local background check and e-signature law (including single-plaintiff and class action defense); EEOC investigations and charges; and immigration compliance (including I-9 training and internal audits). He also regularly counsels management on Title VII issues.

Gus is a regular, highly-rated speaker on topics like background check law, e-signature requirements, I-9 compliance, and the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, Gus is fluent in Spanish.  In his free time, he is pursuing a master’s degree in theology.

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A member of the firm’s Background Checks Team, Gus has extensive background check experience, including analyzing and drafting valid disclosure & authorization forms and pre-adverse and adverse action letters, representing employers in background check-related litigation (single-plaintiff and class action), and advising employers on how to get and stay compliant on ever-changing background check requirements.  On a daily basis, he provides practical advice on the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, Title VII, and state/local background check issues, including developing compliant background check processes and guiding employers on employment decisions based on applicant and employee background checks. 

Gus also has deep experience in employment discrimination matters, from the EEOC charge stage through litigation.  He has defended numerous employers– from a local transportation authority to a national department store chain– in Title VII lawsuits.  He also has provided guidance concerning I-9 law and the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act (SCIIRA) to countless companies in various industries, including in the education, hospitality, construction, and manufacturing sectors. 

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Furman University, 2000

Admittance to Practice

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of South Carolina
  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA)
  • South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative, The Riley Institute at Furman University

Speeches

  • Human Resources Law Update 2016 - "Human Resources Across Borders: Federal, State, and Local Employment Challenges" - Greenville - March 8, 2016
  • Human Resources Law Update 2015 - "What the ‘H?’ An Entertaining Look at Sponsoring H-1B Workers" - Greenville - March 3, 2015
  • Business Management Daily Webinar - "Background Checks: Best Practices & Legal Compliance" - July 30, 2014
  • Human Resources Law Update 2014 - "Bullet-proofing Your Pre-employment Process" - Greenville - February 25, 2014
  • Human Resources Law Update - "Employee Terminations: Five Things to Consider" - Greenville - February 28, 2013
  • Human Resources Law Update 2012 - "Consternation, Frustration, and Legislation: A New Era in Immigration" - Greenville - February 28, 2012
  • Human Resources Law Update 2011 - "How To Live In The Brave, New World of Immigration Compliance" - Greenville - March 8, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act Revisited" - Greenville - July 1, 2010
  • Human Resources Law Update 2010 - "Immigration Compliance Wars: SCIIRA Strikes Back" - Greenville - February 23, 2010
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas Lunch and Learn - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act Revisited" - Greenville - November 17, 2009
  • Spartanburg Development Association HR Briefing - "Immigration Compliance Update" - Spartanburg - October 28, 2009
  • The Employers Association - "South Carolina E-Verify Update" - Rock Hill - June 4, 2009
  • Human Resources Law Update 2009 - "Adventures in Immigration or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the I-9" - Greenville - February 24, 2009
  • International Center of the Upstate - "South Carolina Immigration Reform" - Greenville - February 13, 2009
  • Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Business Immigration: Overview and Recent Developments" - Charlotte - 2009 - 2017
  • Spartanburg Development Association HR Briefing - "Immigration Law Update" - Spartanburg - November 11, 2008
  • Carolinas Association of General Contractors - "South Carolina Immigration Update" - Columbia - September 30, 2008
  • South Carolina Association of Financial Professionals - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act" - Greenville - September 26, 2008
  • Pickens County SHRM - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act" - Pickens - September 25, 2008
  • South Carolina Independent College and University (SCICU) Human Resources Group - "Immigration Compliance Update" - Greenville - September 10, 2008
  • Greenville County SHRM, Annual Meeting - "Panel Discussion on Recent Developments in Employment Law" - Greenville - August 27, 2008
  • Laurens County SHRP - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act" - August 19, 2008
  • The Employers Association - "South Carolina Immigration Seminar" - Rock Hill - August 12, 2008
  • Spartanburg Development Association HR Briefing - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act" - Spartanburg - July 24, 2008
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas Lunch and Learn - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act" - Greenville - July 16, 2008
  • Anderson Chamber of Commerce - "The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act Revisited" - Anderson - June 26, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "South Carolina Immigration Update" - Greenville - June 25, 2008
  • Human Resources Law Update 2008 - "Immigration in the Spotlight: New I-9s and No-Match Letters" - Greenville - March 18, 2008
  • CFMA Lunch and Learn - "Immigration Update" - Greenville - October 9, 2007
  • WCI, Inc., Breakfast Briefing - "2008 Immigration Enforcement and Visa Compliance Update" - Asheville - January 17, 2007
  • Laurens County SHRP - "2008 Immigration Enforcement and Visa Compliance Update" - Laurens - November 21, 2006
  • CFMA Lunch and Learn - "Panel Discussion: A Legal Workforce – Immigration Compliance Issues" - Greenville - March 16, 2006
  • Human Resources Law Update 2006 - "Immigration Compliance – Let Us Clarify How You Should Verify" - Greenville - February 23, 2006
  • 8th Annual Tri-State Human Resource & Management Conference - "Keeping in Tune with I-9 Compliance Law" - Greenville - 2006
  • Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Business Immigration" - Greenville - 2006 - 2011
  • International Center for the Upstate - "Citizenship and Naturalization Laws in the 21st Century" - Greenville - May 5, 2005
  • International Center for the Upstate - "A British-Canadian-American in Paris: Naturalization Law in the 21st Century" - Greenville - September 27, 2004
  • August 7, 2018 - Law360 - "'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework"
  • August 7, 2018 - Law360 - "'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework"
  • December 15, 2016 - NAPBS - "California Law Restricts Employers From Asking About Juvenile Criminal History"
  • 2011 - Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers (contributing author) - "Chapter 21, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act - Remedies"
  • 2011 - Lawyers as Employers: A Guide to South Carolina Employment Law for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners (contributing author) - "Chapter 10, Posting and Record-Keeping Requirements"
  • 2005 - Political Psychology - "If Bill Clinton Were a Woman: The Effectiveness of Male and Female Politicians’ Account Strategies Following Alleged Transgressions"
  • December 1, 2014 - MainStreet - "Is Your Employer Checking Up on You? How to Handle Background Checks on Seasonal Workers"
  • November 21, 2010 - The Greenville News - "Liberty Fellowship Summit Seeks Solutions to South Carolina’s Pressing Needs"
  • October 2010 - Greenville Business Magazine - "The Immigration Debate"
  • July 8, 2010 - ForoTV (Mexico) - "On-Air Interviews Concerning U.S. Immigration Policy"
  • November 5, 2009 - The Catholic Miscellany - "Speaker Says Pope’s Encyclical Pinpoints the Need for Humanity and Charity"
  • July 4, 2008 - The Greenville Journal - "To Comply or Not to Comply, E-Verify Answers the Question"
  • July 2006 - Greenville Magazine - "Young Lawyers Valuing a Balanced Lifestyle"
  • April 26, 2005 - LINK - "49 Future Upstate Leaders"
  • April 7, 2005 - Latino Newspaper - "Nueva Ley PERM"
  • Order of the Coif
  • Liberty Fellowship

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