Natalie M. Stevens

Shareholder Cleveland

Natalie Stevens represents business entities, educational institutions, and management in a myriad of employment-related matters, including matters involving allegations of assault; breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing; breach of duty of loyalty; civil conspiracy; constructive discharge; conversion; defamation; denial of benefits; discrimination; ethnic intimidation; FMLA interference and retaliation; fraud; harassment; hostile work environment; intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress; intentional, fraudulent, and negligent misrepresentations; invasion of privacy; negligent hiring, training, retention, and supervision; misappropriation of trade secrets; promissory estoppel; retaliation; theft; tortious interference with business and contractual relationships; unfair competition; unjust enrichment; wage and hour violations; whistleblower activity; and wrongful discharge.

In addition, Ms. Stevens provides as-needed assistance to management regarding a variety of employment-related matters, including drafting and updating employee handbooks and other employment policies and procedures; evaluating and responding to employee leave of absence requests; evaluating and responding to employee accommodation requests; investigating and resolving employee complaints; issuing disciplinary actions; handling employee terminations; preparing separation agreements; responding to claims for unemployment compensation benefits and appealing improper determinations; and enforcing restrictive covenants in employment contracts.


Experience

In addition to providing counseling on compliance with workplace laws and regulations, Ms. Stevens has experience representing employers in settlement negotiations; during administrative proceedings before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); in mediation; in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); and in litigation matters in the federal and state court systems. Some examples include:

  • Obtaining an arbitration award in favor of a wealth management firm following a FINRA arbitration hearing concerning a former employee’s breach of contract, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, theft and conversion, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, and defamation claims.
  • Obtaining a jury verdict in favor of a wealth management firm following a week long jury trial of a former employee’s disability discrimination claim.
  • Obtaining dismissal of age discrimination and negligent hiring, retention, and supervision claims against an automobile dealer.
  • Obtaining dismissal of race and national origin discrimination claims against a regional healthcare agency.
  • Obtaining dismissal of fraud, civil conspiracy, and negligent supervision/training claims against a financial services company.
  • Obtaining dismissal of hostile work environment sexual harassment, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against a food services company.
  • Obtaining dismissal of disability discrimination, FMLA interference and retaliation, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of a duty of good faith and fair dealing claims against a global healthcare company.
  • Obtaining dismissal of discrimination based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, and disability, breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring and supervision, promissory estoppel, retaliation, and unjust enrichment claims against an educational institution.
  • Obtaining dismissal of gender discrimination, retaliation, and promissory estoppel claims against an international healthcare services company.
  • Obtaining dismissal of FMLA interference, failure to accommodate, hostile work environment, disability discrimination, and retaliation claims against a national food products company.
  • Obtaining dismissal of disability discrimination, FMLA interference, and FMLA retaliation claims against a financial services company.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Cleveland Bridge Builders, Leadership Program, Class of 2013
  • Employment Inn of Court (Barrister)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section Council Member)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Member)
  • Ohio State University Alumni Association (Member)
  • Miami University Alumni Association (Lifetime Member)
  • The Hitchcock Center for Women (Board Member, 2012-2015)
  • The Leprechaun Foundation (Past Board Member, 2009-2013)
  • Junior League of Cleveland (Member, 2007-Present)
  • The Bridge Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland (Past Board Member and Secretary, 2008-2010)

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Leave-Related Missteps That Can Lead To Liability'' - Cleveland - August 2018
  • Ohio State Bar Association Quick Webcast - ''The Interactive Process Under The ADA: It’s a Two-Way Street'' - March 22, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''When Looks Deceive: Detecting and Accommodating Invisible Disabilities'' - Cleveland - August 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Workplace ‘Perks’ Toolkit: How to Evaluate and Avoid Legal Minefields'' - Cleveland - August 2016
  • Ohio State Bar Association All Ohio Legal Forum - ''Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks ... And What Happens When You Don't'' - Cincinnati - April 29, 2016
  • National Business Institute Human Resource Law from Start to Finish Seminar - ''Workplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments'' - Mansfield - October 14, 2015
  • National Business Institute Human Resource Law from Start to Finish Seminar - ''Other Employment Laws You Need to Know'' - Mansfield - October 14, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Knowing When to Say When: Undue Hardships Under the ADA'' - Cleveland - August 2015
  • Northern Ohio Employment & Labor Law Conference - ''Religion in the Workplace: A Look At Religious Accommodation Claims Following EEOC Guidance'' - Cleveland - April 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Hurricanes, Tornados, and Blizzards: Weatherproof Your Office Year-Round with a Good Inclement Weather Policy'' - Columbus and Cleveland - August 20 - August 21, 2014
  • Northern Ohio Employment & Labor Law Conference - ''ADAAA - 6 Years Later'' - Cleveland - April 24, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Reductions in Force: Selection Criteria, Documentation, Communication to Employees'' - Cleveland - November 21, 2013
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Navigating Leave of Absence Waters'' - Youngstown - August 27, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment Law - Basic Training for Managers'' - Warrensville Heights - August 15, 2013
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Workplace Investigations: The Key to Handling Employee Complaints'' - Youngstown - May 21, 2013
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Rules of Engagement: When Employees Take a Leave of Absence'' - Elyria - December 20, 2012
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Workplace Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation'' - Youngstown - November 20, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Navigating Difficult End of Leave Issues Under the ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation Laws'' - Warrensville Heights - August 30, 2012
  • Northern Ohio Employment & Labor Law Conference - ''Evolving Protected Classes'' - Cleveland - May 10, 2012

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