Rachel Kushel counsels clients on all aspects of employment law and workplace human resource issues, including equal employment matters, investigations and hiring, discipline, termination, discrimination, leave and harassment issues. She litigates matters from inception to trial and through appeal in federal and state courts. She has argued successfully on behalf of clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, District Court of Connecticut and Connecticut state trial and appellate court.
Ms. Kushel represents clients in administrative agency matters before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Ms. Kushel also represents clients at private and public arbitration hearings, and regularly represents clients in alternative dispute resolution and mediation sessions with federal, state and private mediators.
Ms. Kushel negotiates and drafts collective bargaining agreements, litigates unfair labor practice charges and other matters under the National Labor Relations Act, and advises clients on management rights and strategy.
Ms. Kushel regularly negotiates and drafts employment and separation agreements on behalf of clients, in addition to reviewing and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies. She conducts training sessions on workplace employment issues, including sexual harassment, workplace civility and avoiding discrimination claims.
Ms. Kushel also has experience with higher education matters and constitutional claims. In addition, she contributes to the firm's Health Law Diagnosis blog.