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Michael C. Garrard

Mike Garrard is of counsel in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 1983 and practices in the labor and employment law group. Mike has more than 25 years of experience in connection with labor and employment law related matters and represents management clients in connection with a wide variety of labor and employment law issues.

Mike has  an LL.M. Degree in Labor and Employment Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the LSU Law Center since 1998 teaching the Labor Law class.

Mike represents clients in connection with employment discrimination matters including EEOC charges and suits alleging violations of Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA and other federal and state provisions.

Mike represents and assists employers in connection with investigations by the United States Department of Labor and in connection with lawsuits regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act.  He also represents clients in connection with labor law matters such as unfair labor practice charges and arbitration matters.

Mike assists clients in connection with a broad range of employment law issues including OSHA matters and the preparation of employee handbooks and policies and procedures.

Representative Experience

  • Represented large governmental entity in federal court litigation requesting class action relief for alleged race discrimination
  • Represented numerous employers of various types in connection with federal and state court litigation alleging employment discrimination
  • Represented numerous employers in connection with charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Represented employers in federal court litigation in connection with the alleged claims pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Represented major industrial client in connection with compliance proceeding pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act
  • Assisted numerous employers with issues related to employee manuals, employment policies and procedures, drug testing, and other employment law related matters

Education

Mike earned his B.S., cum laude, from Nicholls State University in 1978. He earned his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1981 and his LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1992. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, the Order of the Coif and the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1982; United States District Court for the Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State (Labor Law Section) and American (Labor and Employment Law Sections) Bar Associations; ABA Committee for Liaison with EEOC and OFCCP; Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management (GBR-SHRM)

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • What Every Business Needs to Know About the Fair Labor Standards Act, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, September 20, 21 and 22, 2011.
  • Compliance with Employment Law, April 26, 2011, Baton Rouge Medical Group Management Association.
  • Recent Developments in Employment & Labor Law, December 17, 2010, Baton Rouge Bar Association.
  • Recent Developments in Employment, Health Care and Labor Law, 2010 Fall Various Chemical Companies Conference, Lake Charles, Louisiana, October 21, 2010.
  • Some Comments About the Fair Labor Standards Act, Northlake Medical Managers Association, Covington, Louisiana, October 20, 2010.
  • Labor and Employment Law Trivia, Various Chemical Companies,  2007.
  • A Few Comments About the FMLA and the ADA and Employees Who are Ill, Various Chemical Companies, 2006.
  • Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law, Louisiana Society for Human Resources, 2006
  • Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law, Various Chemical Companies, 2008.
  • Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, Baton Rouge Bar Journal, 2004.
  • A Brief Discussion in Regard to Some Issues in Connection with the National Labor Relations Act, Various Chemical Companies, 2005.
  • Legal Issues in Hiring, During Employment and in Connection with the Termination of Employment, Various Chemical Companies Annual Meeting, 2004.
  • Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law, Southeastern University, Hammond, Louisiana, 2004.
  • Recent Developments in Employment Discrimination, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 2004.
  • Employment Discrimination, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 2004.
  • Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 2003.
  • Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law, VCC Seminar, 2003.
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law, Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management, 2002.
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law, West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, 2001.
  • Avoiding and Defending Employment Discrimination Claims, Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, 1997.
  • Struggling With the ADA, Worker's Compensation and the FMLA?, Louisiana State University Law Center, 1995.
  • A Few Brief Comments Concerning Certain Selected Matters in Connection With the Americans With Disabilities Act, Louisiana Municipal Association, 1994.
  • A Brief Discussion in Regard to Some of the Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in Connection With Employee Handbooks, Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, 1994.
  • Some Considerations in Connection With Claims of Age Discrimination in Employment, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1994.
  • Do You Have Mistakes in Your Employee Policy Manual?, The Law Journal, 1994.
  • A Brief Discussion in Regard to Some of the Provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1992.
  • Louisiana Labor and Employment Law, National Business Institute, 1990.
  • Hiring and Firing, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1990.
  • Substance Abuse and Drug Testing in the Workplace, Baton Rouge Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, 1990.
  • Basic Issues in Employment Law in Louisiana, National Business Institute, 1988.
  • Labor and Employment Law for Louisiana, National Business Institute, 1987.

Community Service

  • Member, Board of Directors, Swine Palace
  • Member, Board of Directors, Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting
  • Chairman, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Operation Upgrade of Baton Rouge
  • Member, Baton Rouge Rotary Club
  • Member, Board of Directors, Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Catholic Community Services
  • Member, Board of Directors, St. Joseph Academy

Reported Decisions

  • City of Baker School Board v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, 754 So. 2d 291 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2000).
  • Bonner v. Blanche, 499 So. 2d 1278 (La. App. 4th Cir. 1986).
  • Joseph v. Zachary Manor Nursing Home, 729 F. Supp. 41 (M.D. La. 1990).