Rachel Manne Bio


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Rachel M. Manne, ESQ.


Rachel Manne has expertise in counseling employers on a broad range of employment law issues. She regularly partners with clients to assist in making key decisions relating to workplace issues. As part of her practice, Ms. Manne regularly drafts and advises on employer policies, handbooks, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and separation agreements relying upon her deep knowledge of the law in these areas.

Ms. Manne is also a leader in the firm’s employment law training practice, providing training to supervisors, Human Resources professionals, and employees at large and mid-sized companies as well as small businesses on a variety of topics, including: preventing harassment and discrimination, FMLA, ADA, respect in the workplace, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, upstander conduct, and effective performance management. She has developed innovative materials to interact and connect with varied audiences and has received significant praise from clients on her practical training approach and demeanor.

In advising clients on potential legal risks, and training workforces, Ms. Manne brings an extensive background in employment litigation through which she has successfully handled matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, executive compensation, contractual agreements, defamation, and wage and hour laws. In addition to her representations in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York, Ms. Manne has represented clients before arbitration panels, including FINRA, and has defended claims brought before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Division of Human Rights and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights.

Listed in Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor 2018
Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment & Labor 2010-2015

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Professional Experience
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, NY Associate, Employment Law Department 2004-2008
Davis, Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY Associate, Litigation Department 2000-2004
Judicial Clerkships
Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna United States District Court, Southern District of New York 2001-2002
Recent Successes
Obtained dismissal of NJLAD claim through successful filing of Motion to Dismiss in New Jersey Superior Court.
Obtained “No Probable Cause” determination from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which Complainant alleged age discrimination and retaliation.
Obtained dismissal of claim for expungement of Form U-5 in FINRA Arbitration.
Obtained dismissal of CEPA claim on summary judgment in New Jersey state court.
Obtained Third Circuit affirmance of Motion to Dismiss involving claims under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Americans with Disabilities as Amended Act.
Obtained two “No Probable Cause” determinations in matters before the New York Division on Human Rights in which Complainants alleged sexual orientation discrimination.


Fordham University School of Law J.D., cum laude and Order of the Coif Fordham Law Review 2000
Cornell University B.S. Human Service Studies 1997

State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
State of New York
United States District Court – Southern District of New York
United States District Court – Eastern District of New York
“Preparing for the Separation Agreement ‘Fire Drill'”, New Jersey Law Journal June 2016
“Employee Social Media Accounts: What Employers Can and Can’t Do”, New Jersey Law Journal December 2013
“Large Firm Life, Positive Lifestyle Changes”, New York Law Journal June 1, 2007
“Large Firm Life, Reliving Little League Days”, New York Law Journal February 2, 2007
“Playing Favorites in the Workplace”, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, co-authored with Kevin B. Leblang November 2005
Speaking Engagements
"Clearing the Haze Around Workplace Marijuana Rules", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar June 2021
"One Year into the Pandemic: Key COVID-19 Considerations & Challenges for Employers", Hot Topics in California Employment Law webinar, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC April 2021
“Lawyers as Leaders: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership” Community Health Law Project (CHLP) seminar November 2020
“Key COVID-19 Considerations and Challenges for Employers”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2020
“Artificial Intelligence – Is Its Impact on the Workplace ‘Smart’ Business?” Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey Annual Conference September 2020
“Breaking the Age Barrier: Combating Biases in a Multi-Generational Workforce”, New York Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE Program July 2020
“What to do NOW to Get Ready For Employees Returning to Work”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC COVID-19 Webinar April 2020
“Challenges of Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce – Breaking the Barriers”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
“Artificial Intelligence & Unconscious Bias”, Prudential MWOLF Conference November 2019
Panelist on “Redefining the 9 to 5”, moderated by The Upside October 2019
“NJ’s Changing Paid Family Leave Laws: Are You Prepared to Comply?“, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar June 2019
Panelist, ADP “Women in Leadership“ Event May 2019
“Best Practices: How to Manage Your Labor Costs While Complying With New Legislation,” ADP Lunch Seminar March 2019
“Legislative & Strategic Trends in the Aftermath of the “Me Too” Movement”, NFC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, Panel Presentation November 2018
“Employee Leave 101: A Primer on the FMLA, ADA, & NYPFL”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2017
“Beyond the Bathroom – Best Practices for Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar October 2017
“Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between “, Employment Law Seminar May 2017
“Learn How to Revamp Your Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Training Programs for Increased Business Success”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table November 2016
“Wage and Hour Landmines: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Company”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table November 2015
“Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation”, presented to NJRIMS May 2015
“Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Webinar March 2015
“Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P. C. Webinar March 2014
In her leisure time, Ms. Manne enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and can be seen on most weekends watching her kids on basketball courts or baseball and soccer fields. She has been a lifelong athlete and sports fan and is currently the pitcher for her Millburn Recreation Women’s Softball team. Ms. Manne is also a member of her synagogue’s Hebrew School Board where she assists with policy and decision-making.

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