With more than twenty years of practical experience handling labor conflicts, Molly Steward is an expert in the field of employment law. She represents, in- and outside the courtroom, both employers – among which for instance banks, insurance companies, hotel chains and airlines – as well as individual employees.

Molly Steward


Molly assists clients in labor disputes and advises them regarding, for instance, personnel issues in acquisitions and reorganizations, redundancy of employees, negotiations with unions, contracts and collective labor agreements. Molly co-heads the employment team and the Hospitality & Leisure team of our firm.

After having worked as a coordinator of the foreign department of Banque de Paribas et des Pays Bas in the Netherlands for five years, Molly joined VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne.

Molly lectures employment law at the University of Curacao and (co-) authored in various publications. For example, she compiled the Collection of Employment Legislation Curaçao 2015, which was launched in June 2016. It is the successor to the Collection of Employment Legislation Dutch Antilles, also written by Molly and published in 2007. Furthermore, Molly contributed to the management magazine Coaching with a recurring column, and where relevant she provides (co-)notations for judicial verdicts for the Caribbean Law Magazine.


Chambers Global 2017 (Band 3 ranking): “Employment law expert Molly Steward is described by sources as ‘responsive and easy to work with.’ She was the lead partner acting for the Marriott in litigation relating to employee dismissals.”

Recent experience

  • Advising Baker Botts LLP as Suriname counsel for their client Halliburton, with regard to the high profile (attempted) acquisition of oil field services company Baker Hughes, including advice on employment law and the applicability of CARICOM and/or ILO regulations.
  • Assisting Marriott regarding the immediate dismissal of various employees, including litigation, due to breach of policies.
  • Assisting Republic Bank in the USD 45.3 mln. acquisition of RBC Royal Bank in Suriname, which included an extensive due diligence covering an onsite and data room review and a complete legal review of bank forms.
  • Advising various hotels – such as the Marriott and Hilton hotels in Curacao, Sunscape Curacao Resort, Sorobon Beach Resort in Bonaire and Curacao Holiday Beach Resort – in a wide range of employment law matters including contracting, dismissal, personnel issues in acquisitions and reorganizations, redundancy of employees, negotiations with unions and collective labor agreements.