Susan Masters is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Group, where she focuses on private sector labor and employment law.
Traditional Labor Law
Ms. Masters represents employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, such as unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions. She also represents employers in collective bargaining and arbitrations arising from collective bargaining agreements. Ms. Masters also counsels employers in contract and grievance administration, employee handbooks, and employee discipline.
Employment Counseling and Workplace Investigations
Ms. Masters counsels companies and other organizations in all facets of employment law, including discrimination issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, personnel policies and practices, unemployment, workplace health and safety issues, non-compete agreements, and other employment agreements. Additionally, she represents employers in administrative proceedings in forums such as the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
Ms. Masters also is a trained workplace investigator. She provides employers with advice through all phases of workplace investigation, conducts impartial inquiries, and proactively handles the results of investigations.
Ms. Masters is committed to doing pro bono work. She represents an individual who was denied protection under the Convention Against Torture in an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She has represented several non-profit organizations in administrative proceedings and has provided them with employee relations advice and counseling. She has also represented a juvenile on behalf of Lawyers for Children America, which works to protect the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Ms. Masters was the Pro Bono Partnership’s Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
Before joining Robinson+Cole, Ms. Masters clerked for the Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel of the Connecticut Appellate Court, where she contributed to the researching and drafting of appellate opinions. While in law school she was a teaching assistant for the Moot Court program and the legal writing program. She also has experience practicing before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, as part of the University of Connecticut's Asylum and Human Rights Legal Clinic. Ms. Masters was listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor Law for 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)