Michael Mankes represents management in all matters of employment and labor law, with particular emphasis in:
- Wage and hour law
- Wrongful termination cases
- The intricacies of disability and leave laws and compliance
- Federal and state discrimination and harassment claims
- Litigation prevention measures
Michael has experience investigating and handling various administrative charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Appearing regularly in federal and state courts, he often works with retail businesses and international clients and handles single-plaintiff and class action law suits and jury trials, particularly with claims arising under:
- Title VII
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The Fair Labor Standards Act
Michael also routinely conducts comprehensive wage and hour audits and defends management in wage and hour class action litigation. He advises global corporations on legal issues associated with hiring and retaining United States employees, including:
- Compensation structure
- Other wage and hour issues
- Compliance with antidiscrimination laws
- Non-compete and trade secret issues
He also has extensive experience conducting pay equity audits for all types of employers, and helped develop the Littler Pay Equity Assessment™. His practice includes counseling employers on a broad range of state and federal issues related to pay equity, from compliance, to updating policies and job descriptions, to training managers and recruiters, and more.
Additionally, Michael has authored publications on a variety of labor and employment subjects, including diversity, employee handbooks and the legality of employee participation committees. He currently serves as the office managing shareholder of Littler's offices in Boston, Providence and Portland. He is a former member of the Associates Committee.
During law school, Michael served as a summer clerk for a U. S. District Court judge and was an intern at the NLRB. He was a member of the Comparative Labor Law Journal.
*Not licensed to practice law in Rhode Island