Michael Bissinger is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on employment cases in state and federal courts, counseling owners and managers and defending complaints filed with state and federal agencies. He has participated in multiple jury trials, defended against a variety of wage and hour class actions and litigated appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Clients have turned to Michael to manage and conduct litigation involving claims under a wide variety of complex state and federal statutes and regulations, including:
Michael also regularly helps his clients resolve other common-law and public policy claims. He has extensive trial experience in the New Jersey Superior Court (Chancery Division and Law Division) and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Michael has tried cases that included claims of age discrimination, disability discrimination, national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, retaliation, and related tort and contract claims.
Michael speaks and writes often on complex employment-related topics. He frequently lectures and conducts training seminars for private employers and professional associations. Recent topics include sexual harassment, avoiding disability discrimination claims under the ADA and New Jersey handicap laws, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws and restrictive covenants and the protection of employers' intellectual property. His practice group publishes Day Pitney's Employer's Law Blog (www.EmployersLawBlog.com), a weblog that presents the latest news in labor, employment and employee benefits law.
Oversees litigation involving claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("NJLAD"), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act ("CEPA"), the New Jersey Family Leave Act, the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, ERISA, and numerous other common-law and public policy claims
Tries cases before the New Jersey Superior Court (Chancery Division and Law Division) and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, including claims of age discrimination, disability discrimination, national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, retaliation, and related tort and contract claims
Appears before the New Jersey Superior Court, the New Jersey Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, including an appearance before the New Jersey Supreme Court on the appeal of a trial involving retaliation claims under the NJLAD and CEPA
Defends class action lawsuits alleging federal and state wage and hour violation; reported decisions include a victory on behalf of one of New Jersey's largest private corporations, denying class certification to more than a thousand potential class members on alleged FLSA violations, and obtaining summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Labor seeking millions of dollars in alleged overtime violations
Defends and prosecutes claims concerning restrictive covenants; appearing regularly in state and federal court on emergent matters involving noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, employee-raiding claims, and other related matters, and has successfully litigated restrictive covenant disputes through trial
Appears in state and federal courts seeking injunctive relief on behalf of employers involved in labor disputes, including relief from unlawful picketing, violence in and around the workplace, and other unlawful behavior by employees and/or picketers