As counsel to the Fast Food Workers Committee in New York City, Micah Wissinger is one of the architects of landmark litigation before the National Labor Relations Board involving McDonald’s Corporation. The breadth and scope of the case are unprecedented resulting in an ongoing hearing before an Administrative Judge to determine whether McDonald’s is liable for its franchisees’ workplace violations, including retaliation for attempts to unionize. Micah is the primary attorney representing the union at the hearing.
Behind the case, says Micah, is the story of a big corporation “doing incredibly well when folks don’t have enough money to meet their basic needs.” When McDonald’s workers would meet Micah at the NLRB to give affidavits in support of their charges, he would discover they didn’t have subway fare to get home or that they had worked straight through the previous night without anything to eat.
Micah’s passion for justice was ignited when he was introduced to labor law as a Northeastern University law student. “It just clicked,” he says. “I thought: The labor movement is the best of what I believe in and a proven way to lift people out of poverty.” During law school, Micah completed internships with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Communications Workers of America and Levy Ratner. After graduation, he served as a law fellow with SEIU. Subsequently, Micah became an Assistant General Counsel at SEIU, where he coordinated corporate responsibility and hospital organizing campaigns nationwide for nearly five years.
Micah joined Levy Ratner in 2007. With extensive experience in union recognition matters and negotiating organizing agreements with national employers, he works in all aspects of the firm’s labor practice. He represents unions and individual employees in arbitration, litigation and in proceedings before the NLRB, EEOC and other administrative agencies and has negotiated collective bargaining agreements covering thousands of workers. Micah is often consulted for his expertise in organizing strategy, public communications and e-discovery. He has litigated and settled wage and hour disputes, represented individuals in employment discrimination matters and routinely provides counsel to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
Micah was named to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Star list for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Northeastern University School of Law, JD, 2002
Oklahoma City University, BA in History and Political Science, 1999, summa cum laude
Admitted in NY and DC