People: Meredith C. Bailey, Associate

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Meredith C. Bailey

Associate

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5369
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Meredith Bailey is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office.  Her national employment law practice focuses on helping companies navigate U.S. equal employment opportunity laws.  Specifically, she helps employers develop strategies to prevent and resolve employment discrimination litigation under federal and state antidiscrimination statutes. 

As a member of the firm’s Organizational Strategy and Analytics Team, Ms. Bailey helps companies design and implement metrics for tracking, assessment and achievement of workforce objectives and goals.  For clients who are federal or state contractors, Ms. Bailey provides specialized assistance developing and implementing affirmative action plans, as well as advice on complying with other contract compliance obligations.  She also assists employers evaluate pay practices through proactive pay equity audits as a member of Seyfarth’s Pay Equity Group.  

Ms. Bailey approaches client engagements with a special understanding of the day-to-day challenges in-house counsel and HR professionals face because she has served as temporary counsel on secondment for two international technology companies.  She provides practical advice that considers both compliance risks and larger business objectives when helping her clients tackle the legal issues that arise from employing a modern workforce, such as employee classification and wage payment issues.  Ms. Bailey is also a frequent speaker and author on topics related to workplace metrics, employment discrimination, affirmative action compliance, pay equity, and diversity & inclusion.

Prior to transferring to the firm’s Chicago office in 2017, Ms. Bailey worked as an associate in Seyfarth’s Washington, D.C. office.  While practicing in Washington, D.C., she was repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star by the D.C. Super Lawyers Guide, a designation given to only 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state for excellence in practice.

Meredith Bailey is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office.  Her national employment law practice focuses on helping companies navigate U.S. equal employment opportunity laws.  Specifically, she helps employers develop strategies to prevent and resolve employment discrimination litigation under federal and state antidiscrimination statutes. 

As a member of the firm’s Organizational Strategy and Analytics Team, Ms. Bailey helps companies design and implement metrics for tracking, assessment and achievement of workforce objectives and goals.  For clients who are federal or state contractors, Ms. Bailey provides specialized assistance developing and implementing affirmative action plans, as well as advice on complying with other contract compliance obligations.  She also assists employers evaluate pay practices through proactive pay equity audits as a member of Seyfarth’s Pay Equity Group.  

Ms. Bailey approaches client engagements with a special understanding of the day-to-day challenges in-house counsel and HR professionals face because she has served as temporary counsel on secondment for two international technology companies.  She provides practical advice that considers both compliance risks and larger business objectives when helping her clients tackle the legal issues that arise from employing a modern workforce, such as employee classification and wage payment issues.  Ms. Bailey is also a frequent speaker and author on topics related to workplace metrics, employment discrimination, affirmative action compliance, pay equity, and diversity & inclusion.

Prior to transferring to the firm’s Chicago office in 2017, Ms. Bailey worked as an associate in Seyfarth’s Washington, D.C. office.  While practicing in Washington, D.C., she was repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star by the D.C. Super Lawyers Guide, a designation given to only 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state for excellence in practice.

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law (2004)
    Editor, First Amendment Law Review
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2001)
    with distinction
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts (inactive)
  • Not admitted to practice in Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Affirmative Action Compliance & Diversity/Inclusion -  Identifying Synergies While Understanding Legal Risk,”  2015 ILG National Conference (July 28, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Affirmative Action and Diversity: What Are The Legal Limits, And For Government Contractors, What Does The OFCCP Require?" SHRM NOVA 2015 Legal Academy (February 19, 2015)

Publications