Richard Gello counsels private and public sector employers in labor and employment matters. Rick’s extensive labor law experience includes handling discipline, performance, management, and collective bargaining negotiations. He assists employers with all legal aspects of working harmoniously with labor unions.
In his employment counseling practice, Rick helps clients avoid and resolve workplace allegations of discrimination and harassment, as well as implementing leave laws, reasonable workplace accommodations, wage and hour matters, and all related employment law claims. Rick also crafts policies, handbooks, employment contracts and other guiding documents that help employers proactively manage healthy employee relationships.
Prior to joining Morgan, Brown & Joy, Rick was the Director of Labor Relations at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue, handling all the labor relations and union negotiations. In addition to acting as a hearing officer for disciplinary and grievance hearings, Rick’s experience includes all matters of dispute resolution as well as presenting before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission.
The Personal Perspective
Rick knows first-hand that rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty is an important part of developing a strong work ethic. Before becoming a lawyer, Rick was a custodian at a multigenerational, family-owned business that his great grandfather founded. While attending college, Rick spent his time outside of class washing floors, cleaning carpets, and scrubbing bathrooms. After graduating law school, he studied for the bar by day while supervising a custodial staff at night, a balance of responsibilities he continued through the early years of his legal career. Working as both a laborer and a supervisor in a unionized environment, Rick got his first experience with these unique organizations. This experience’s lasting impact solidified a foundational belief that good workplaces are within an employer’s power to cultivate and maintain. Today, Rick is driven to make a positive impact, helping employers make their companies desirable, productive places to work.
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