Rachel Kushel

Rachel Kushel

Ms. 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.

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PayPal reaches settlement with Texas AG over privacy and security disclosures

PayPal agreed to pay $175,000 and strengthen its privacy and security disclosures in a settlement agreement reached with the Texas Attorney General’s office (the “AG’s office”). The AG’s office claimed that PayPal failed to explain to users of its Venmo mobile money transfer app how users’ personal information would be used and shared. PayPal acquired … Continue Reading

Does Employees’ Use of Apps Lead to Violations of Workplace Policies?

The constant and evolving release of new apps used by employees both personally and in the workplace continue to present challenges to employers in the implementation and execution of workplace policies designed to protect employees, particularly those involving sexual harassment, anti-discrimination and bullying.  These challenges are no longer limited solely to social media websites such … Continue Reading

Does your organization’s new year’s resolution violate employee privacy?

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is a renewed commitment to health and fitness. Many employers also seek to update or introduce wellness programs at the beginning of the year with the goal of improving their employees’ health, which can lead to increased employee productivity and reduced group health care costs. Corporate wellness … Continue Reading