As labor and employment issues continually change and develop in the Constitution State, Connecticut Labor and Employment Law Journal is a valuable tool to educate personnel managers, labor relations directors, CEO’s and other decision makers regarding the most pressing national and local issues related to the labor and employment law. The blog, curated by our experienced lawyers at Berchem Moses PC, will feature commentaries and up-to-date news about all things important to those with direct responsibility for labor and employment matters in their organizations.
Floyd Dugas is a senior partner and head of the public sector employment and labor practices at Berchem Moses PC His unique voice on issues surrounding labor and employment is accompanied by a career steeped in practicing both public and private sector employment law. Mr. Dugas is also a member of the firm’s education law department and a former adjunct professor in labor law. He holds a Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory AV® Preeminent™ peer rating, and a rating Martindale-Hubbell publishes that is based on peers’ evaluation of a lawyer’s legal ability and general ethical standards. The basis of this rating is explained at www.Martindale.com/Products_and_Services/Peer_Review_Ratings.aspx.
Christopher M. Hodgson is a senior partner who has practiced labor and employment law in Connecticut since 1985. He is rated as AV by his peers in Martindale-Hubbell, its highest designation, and has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2010, New England Super Lawyers since 2008, and Connecticut Super Lawyers since 2007. Mr. Hodgson has represented numerous private and public sector employers in collective bargaining and labor relations matters, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, presenting municipal and Board of Education interest arbitration cases, and defending grievance arbitration claims. He advises employers regarding all laws applicable to the workplace. Mr. Hodgson has also represented management in a wide spectrum of labor and employment litigation in state and federal courts. He has defended hundreds of discrimination claims before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and has significant experience before the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Hodgson has argued cases before Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Meredith G. Diette is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. She advises private, non-profit and municipal clients on laws governing the employment relationship, and assists clients during collective bargaining and binding arbitration proceedings. Attorney Diette represents employers in negotiations, hearings and trials before the National Labor Relations Board, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts. She also has extensive experience in conducting workplace investigations including allegations of employee misconduct, violations of workplace policies, and discrimination and/or harassment complaints.
Warren L. Holcomb is a partner who concentrates on labor and employment law and civil rights litigation. His professional experience includes counseling and representation of private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor law. He regularly defends employers in employment related litigation, including the defense of federal and state-based claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, workers’ compensation retaliation, and virtually all other claims growing out of the employer-employee relationship.
Paula N. Anthony serves as Senior Counsel in the firm’s labor & employment law group. She formerly served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury, Connecticut where she managed labor and employment matters as well as land use and zoning issues involving the city. Attorney Anthony has a notable record of success in mediation, grievance arbitration and employment litigation, along with deep experience in a multitude of other areas in public sector legal representation.
Christopher J. Sugar is an associate who practices in the areas of labor and employment law. He is experienced in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on organization, collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. He has also addressed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints and charges arising under the National Labor Relations Act.
Rebecca Goldberg is an associate who focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. She is experienced in litigation, discovery, trial preparation and settlement strategies. Ms. Goldberg’s experience includes defending clients against discrimination charges, drafting motions, position statements, releases, restrictive covenants and employee handbooks. At Duke University School of Law, she received the Labor and Employment Law Award and the Family Law Award.