Rachel V. Kushel

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Rachel Kushel counsels clients on all employment law and workplace human resource issues. She defends management in state and federal court litigation matters and administrative agency claims. She is a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group.

    Employment Litigation and Administrative Advocacy

    Ms. Kushel has extensive experience defending management clients in discrimination, leave, and harassment matters. 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, the District Court of Connecticut, and Connecticut state trial and appellate courts.

    Ms. Kushel also 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 in alternative dispute resolution and mediation sessions with federal, state, and private mediators.

    In addition to assisting clients in obtaining favorable resolutions to matters, Ms. Kushel has also achieved successes for clients at various stages of the litigation proceedings. Ms. Kushel works with clients in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to, healthcare, financial services, government, and higher education.

    Counseling, Compliance, and Training

    Ms. Kushel counsels companies and human resource professionals in all areas of employment law, including discharge and discrimination issues, employee discipline, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, unemployment, employment and independent contractor agreements, severance and separation agreements, individual terminations and reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. Ms. Kushel also negotiates and drafts employment and separation agreements, in addition to reviewing and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies. She also conducts training sessions related to a myriad of employment issues, including topics such as sexual harassment, workplace civility, and avoiding discrimination claims.

    Workplace Investigations

    Ms. Kushel is a trained workplace investigator and regularly conducts, manages, and provides advice regarding workplace investigations involving all types of employment-related issues. She assists clients with identifying situations that require a workplace investigation.

    Labor Relations and Union Avoidance

    Ms. Kushel advises clients on management rights and strategy. She also handles union grievances and arbitrations on behalf of employers.

    Pro Bono

    Ms. Kushel regularly engages in pro bono work, including handling unemployment benefits appeals for individuals and reviewing employment handbooks for non-profit and charitable organizations.

    Ms. Kushel is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management for 2018. 

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Secured dismissal of two separate actions alleging Constitutional claims against a municipality. 

      • Secured favorable settlement of litigation involving allegations of defamation, tortious interference with business relations, and promissory estoppel.

      • Currently serving as first-chair in multi-million dollar litigation which alleges violations of federal employment discrimination law and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act.

      • Successfully defended employer in race discrimination claims pending before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management for 2018

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County
      Board Member (2010)
      Chair, HR Committee (2010)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, presented by the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) at Robinson+Cole's Boston office (5/10/2018)
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      "If I Could Turn Back Time...Getting Workplace Harassment Investigations Right," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Abby M. Warren, presented by the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (2/28/2018)
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      "Labor Grievance Processing," co-presenter for an American Arbitration Association program in Cromwell, Connecticut (11/30/2017)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 5, 2018

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson and Rachel Kushel Lead Association of Workplace Investigators Seminar

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      • March 13, 2018

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, Rachel, Kushel, and Abby Warren Conduct Hypothetical Workplace Harassment Investigation, Role-Playing the Major Aspects of a Workplace Investigation

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      • December 13, 2017

        Rachel Kushel Co-presents on Labor Grievance Processing

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      R+C News Releases

      • December 11, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners

      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • October 8, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes 10 New Lawyers

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