Barry Hartstein is a shareholder in the Chicago office of Littler Mendelson, PC. Mr Hartstein has earned a national reputation for his work, a career that includes more than 30 years of counselling and representing employers in a broad range of employment law matters. He has extensive experience as a litigator and has defended employers around the country in individual, class action claims and wage and hour collective actions. He serves as the core group leader for Littler’s EEOC practice and national co-chair of the firm’s hiring and background check practice.
Mr Hartstein has served in a leadership role for many years in the ABA labour and employment law section, including his longstanding role as co-chair of the liaison committee with the EEOC in Chicago and previous position as management co-chair of the equal employment opportunity committee. He also has served in a leadership role for many years with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School), the leading school in the country focusing on workplace issues. He serves as a member of the dean’s advisory board, the board of directors of the Scheinman Institute for Dispute Resolution and executive committee for the ILR School's Alumni Association, recently completing his term as president of the association. In March 2011, Mr Hartstein was the recipient of the "William B Groat Alumni Award," based on service to the school and his contributions to the labour and employment field.
Mr Hartstein has been honoured based on his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and various other publications and has been inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers based on his contributions to the field. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Mr Hartstein also was identified as one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" in Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon.
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