Deborah McKenna

Deborah McKenna has over twenty years of experience devoted to advancing the rights of employees in Connecticut. Throughout her career, Attorney McKenna has represented employees in a wide range of employment issues, ranging from severance negotiations, breach of contract and non-competition litigation to unemployment compensation, family and medical leave issues to discrimination and wage and hour matters.

Attorney McKenna has litigated in a wide range of administrative agencies, such as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access, the Connecticut Department of Utilities Control, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the federal Department of Labor as well as various state and federal courts as well as arbitrations. Attorney McKenna has a strong commitment to advancing the legal rights and employment protections of women and victims of family violence. Attorney McKenna has devoted much of her practice to cases involving pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Over the course of her career, Attorney McKenna has written and lectured on various issues related to employment law and practice, worked on legislation on employment law issues, including legislation regarding equal pay for women and employment protections for victims of family violence, and often testifies at the Connecticut General Assembly on issues affecting Connecticut workers. Additionally, Attorney McKenna has worked closely with many women’s rights organizations in Connecticut, including serving as retained counsel for the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.

Attorney McKenna is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. with honors 1996
    -recipient, National Association of Women Lawyers’ law student award, 1996
  • Connecticut College, B.A. Government/American History 1993

Professional Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Employer Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Women’s Caucus, member and past chair
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, member general tort committee
  • New Haven County Bar Association

News Appearances

11/29/17 – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Knowing your Rights