Gustavo A. Suárez

Of Counsel || Greenville

Gustavo (“Gus”) Suárez assists employers on a broad range of employment law issues, with a focus on background check and e-signature law. A member of the firm’s  Background Checks Practice Group, Gus provides practical advice on federal, state, and local background check law, including drafting compliant disclosure and authorization forms/online screens and pre-adverse and adverse action letters, reviewing and updating background check policies, walking employers through hiring and employment decisions, and advising on background check-related litigation (including single-plaintiff and class action defense). Additionally, he works with employers to ensure that their e-signature process for employees is compliant with federal and state e-signature law. Gus is a primary author of the OD Comply: Background Checks subscription and the OD Comply: E-Signatures materials.

Gus is known for his ability to find practical solutions that balance legal compliance and business reality. He is a regular, highly-rated speaker on topics like background check law, e-signature requirements, diversity and inclusion, and immigration compliance.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, Gus is fluent in Spanish.

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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.


Admittance to Practice

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


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