Mike focuses his practice on providing legal guidance to public and private sector employers in managing all aspects of the employment relationship.
Mike litigates cases in state and federal courts and has argued numerous cases before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Appellate Court, and the Connecticut Supreme Court. He also frequently appears before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Connecticut Employment Security Division, the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission, the state and federal Departments of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Labor Board, the Freedom of Information Commission, and OSHA/ConnOSHA. Mike's clients operate in a wide variety of industries including retail, healthcare, energy, and manufacturing. He has also represented political parties and candidates in various election matters.
Mike is adept in handling arbitrations and mediations, having represented employers in grievance and interest arbitrations before the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and before arbitrators of the American Arbitrator Association. Mike's labor relations experience also includes defending employers in unfair labor practice/prohibitive practice investigations and hearings.
In addition to his litigation and labor relations experience, Mike routinely advises clients on how to achieve their objections and minimize legal risk within the changing landscape of labor and employment laws. Mike, who has completed the MCAD’s trainer course, regularly provides training to clients and industry groups on harassment prevention, union campaigns, and other topics to assist employers in maintain best practices.www.fordharrison.com/michaelharrington