Stephen Churchill

Stephen Churchill

Principal
Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
Phone:
617-612-5521
Email:

Steve has been handling employment law issues for over 20 years. Prior to launching Fair Work, P.C., he was a partner at a nationally-recognized employment firm, where he represented workers in individual and class action cases in Massachusetts and beyond.  Before that, he directed the Employment Civil Rights Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.  Since 2007, he has served on the faculty of Harvard Law School as a lecturer-on-law, where he teaches classes on advocacy skills and employment law enforcement strategies.

Earlier in his career, Steve worked as an associate and a partner at a law firm in Boston, handling a wide range of employment disputes.  He is also a board member of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and a co-founder and board member of Fair Employment Project, Inc., a non-profit that seeks to deliver legal information and resources to victims of workplace discrimination.

In recent years, Steve has helped to obtain millions of dollars on behalf of hundreds of workers.  He has represented employees with claims of discrimination, retaliation, misclassification, severance negotiations, wrongful denial of employee benefits, unpaid wages, and more.  In all of these cases, he is driven to hold employers accountable for their failure to follow the law and treat employees fairly.  Sometimes a case can be resolved quickly, when all parties come to the table.  Other times, it takes years of intense litigation, leading not only to trials but to multiple appeals.  Steve is equally comfortable in all of these stages, from counseling and negotiating, to trials, to appeals.

Steve has tried cases in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration.  In his most recent trials, he won a six-figure jury verdict for an employee bringing a handicap discrimination case, obtained a judgment totaling over $500,000 after a jury trial on behalf of an employee with wage claims, co-tried an arbitration that resulted in a six-figure award for two employees who were misclassified as independent contractors, and successfully co-tried a two-week bench trial involving disparate impact race discrimination claims by a group of employees.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Stanford University
    • A.B. - 1988

Published Works

  • Workers' Rights in the Balance, Harvard Law and Policy Review Blog, Oct., 2016
  • Arbitrating Employment Discrimination Cases (Or Not), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Conference, December, 2013
  • Making Employment Civil Rights Real, Amicus (Online Supplemental to Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review), Oct., 2009
  • Recent Developments Under the Massachusetts Wage Act, Massachusetts Continuing Education Business Litigation Conference, Feb., 2003
  • A Fly in the Web: The Developing Law of Reasonable Accommodations, Boston Bar Journal, November / December, 2002
  • Recent Legislation, Bills, and Agency Materials & Selected Cases Under Other Employment Statutes, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Conference, Dec., 2001
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, Lorman Education Services, June, 2001
  • Selected Legislative and Regulatory Developments, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Conference, Dec., 2000
  • Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace: A Shared Responsibility, 80 Massachusetts Law Review 73, 1995

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker on panel on how to develop civil rights litigation, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Economic Justice, September 2018
  • Speaker on panel on sexual harassment, Harvard Law School, December 2017
  • Speaker for Wage & Hour Primer & Update, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, May 2017
  • Speaker on panel about fee shifting in employment cases, Boston Bar Association, October 2016
  • Speaker on panel about developments under the Class Action Fairness Act, Boston Bar Association, February 2016
  • Faculty for training about wage and hour litigation, Volunteer Lawyers Project, January 2016
  • Speaker on panel about litigating under fee-shifting statutes, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, October 2015
  • Speaker on panel about preventing and litigating wage and hour cases, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, May 2015
  • Speaker on panel about mediating employment cases, Boston Bar Association, February 2015
  • Developments & trends in class action arbitration, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Speaker on panel about arbitrating discrimination and retaliation cases, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, December 2013
  • Speaker on plenary panel about developments and trends in class action arbitration, National Employment Lawyers Association, March 2013
  • Speaker for program on AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion - Cases, Trends & Issues, Boston Bar Association, March 2012
  • Faculty for training on handling employment discrimination cases, Volunteer Lawyers Project, April 2009
  • Moderator for panel on employment law practice, Harvard Law School, November 2008
  • Moderator for Journal of Law & Gender annual conference, Harvard Law School, March 2008
  • Faculty for training on handling employment discrimination cases, Volunteer Lawyers Project, January 2008
  • Faculty, Lecturer-on-Law, Employment Law Workshop - Advocacy Skills, Harvard Law School, 2007 - Present
  • Faculty, Lecturer-on-Law, Employment Law Workshop - Strategies for Social Change, Harvard Law School, 2007 - Present
  • Faculty, Lecturer-on-Law, Employment Law Workshop - Employment Law Enforcement Strategies, Harvard Law School, 2007 - Present
  • Moderator for panel on small firms, Harvard Law School, November 2007
  • Faculty for practical skills workshop, section on employment law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 2005
  • Faculty for trial workshop, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission / Fair Employment Practices Agency, September, 2004
  • Presentation on Legal Considerations When Consulting in the Workplace, New England Society for Applied Psychologists, March 2003
  • Faculty for Annual Business Litigation Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 2002, 2003
  • Presentation on Dealing with Executive Issues, International Association of Consultants and Professional Recruiters, November 2002
  • Presenter for Time Off In Massachusetts: State and Federal Laws On Employee Leave, Vacations and Holidays, Lorman Education Services, June 2001, 2002
  • Faculty for Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, December 2000, 2001
  • Faculty for deposition workshop, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 2001
  • Faculty for practical skills workshop, section on employment law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, January 1999
  • Faculty for deposition workshop, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, January 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • National Lawyers' Guild, Member
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights, Board Member
  • Fair Employment Project, Co-Founder and Board Member