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Michelle A. Barineau
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5513 mbarineau@cov.com Download V-card

Michelle Barineau counsels clients on a broad range of labor and employment issues. She helps clients navigate matters involving discrimination, harassment, family and medical leave, wage and hour compliance, non-competition, trade secrets, and other issues arising under state and federal employment laws. She routinely provides guidance pertaining to employee handbooks, employment agreements, and workplace policies. Ms. Barineau also has experience investigating employment complaints and she frequently partners with white collar colleagues to conduct internal workplace culture assessments and audits in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

  • Investigated age and sex discrimination charges on behalf of international technology company.
  • Obtained summary judgment for national railroads in three putative class actions alleging violations of state rest period laws.
  • Represented national transportation company in putative class action alleging violations of the FMLA.

Pro Bono

  • Second-chaired withholding from removal trial on behalf of abused Honduran detainee.
  • Drafted by-laws and employment agreements for local nonprofit organizations.