Melinda B. Kaufmann practices in the areas of education law and labor and employment. She represents boards of education before state and federal agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration, the State Board of Labor Relations and in arbitrations before American Arbitration Association arbitrators.
She advises boards of education on all aspects of their operations including teacher terminations and non-renewals, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, all aspects of special education and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, student discipline, the Freedom of Information Act and teacher and staff discipline.
She has represented boards of education in federal and state court matters including but not limited to: special education, bullying, whistleblower claims, Freedom of Information Act requests, Title IX, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, wrongful termination, Section 1983 claims and various state court claims.
Melinda has represented boards of education before the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights on claims of disability and race/national origin discrimination and successfully defended a school district in the first special education jury trial in the country.