Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2013

B.S., Truman State University, 2010

Admissions

Indiana, 2013

Missouri, 2016

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

Profile

Michael Gaston-Bell is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone. His practice focuses on employment litigation, advice and counseling.

Michael has experience representing clients in federal and state courts on matters related to Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), restrictive covenants, and defending clients before city and county Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) agencies. Michael also represents individuals and employers in negotiating, drafting and evaluating employment, non-compete and related agreements, Additionally, Michael advises clients on developing personnel policies and handbooks, terminating employees, and providing guidance on the interpretation and implementation of Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA and FLSA issues in the workplace.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Legal Council on Legal Diversity (Pathfinder), 2017
  • American Bar Association Labor and Employment Trial Institute (Participant), 2017
  • National Employment Law Council
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association Legislative Review Subcommittee
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Selected Client Representations

Wage and Hour

  • Represented national fast food chain in FLSA collective action and assisted in obtaining favorable settlements of the plaintiffs’ claims

Employment Litigation

  • Successfully argued for summary judgment for national freight company in multi-plaintiff race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation case in Tennessee State Court.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for global defense company on sex harassment and discrimination claims in New Jersey state court.
  • Assisted in obtaining reversal of $50 million dollar punitive damage award for a global defense company on age discrimination claim under ADEA in New Jersey Federal court.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for national shipping company in multi-plaintiff race discrimination, harassment, retaliation case in the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for personally named individuals employed by government entity on race discrimination and harassment claims filed in Tennessee state court.

Administrative Charges

  • Obtained over ten no cause findings and dismissals from the EEOC, after conducting investigations of the charging party’s claims and submitting a position statement to the EEOC.

*Some of the above representations were handled by Michael prior to joining Haynes and Boone.

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