On March 4, 2022, the District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56, ERISA claims brought by a former employee who retired early at the age of 62 and receives retirement benefits in the form of a joint and survivor annuity. Belknap v. Partners Healthcare Sys., No.
Rachel Therese Gulotta is an associate in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on defending ERISA plans and plan fiduciaries in complex class-actions. Rachel has litigated multi-party health plan claims, employee stock ownership plan claims and 401(k) claims.
In addition to litigating ERISA-based claims, Rachel also represents employers in a wide variety of workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. She has experience practicing in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and regulatory organizations such as FINRA. She has assisted in single-plaintiff lawsuits, class and collective actions and international employment matters in a range of industries, including healthcare industries, public transportation services, food and beverage and cellular service providers. Rachel has litigated federal and state wage and hour claims, equal employment opportunity claims involving Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act claims and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act claims.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Rachel clerked with Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and then practiced employment law with a large, national defense firm. Prior to law school, Rachel taught middle school English in Toulouse, France, and she was the features editor of the Acadiana Lifestyle magazine in New Iberia, Louisiana.
On July 16, 2021, the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin dismissed without prejudice four ERISA claims brought by a former employee alleging mismanagement of Infinity’s defined-contribution 401(k) plan. Plaintiff’s two Fair Labor Standards Act claims were not at issue and remain pending.
Plaintiff alleged that plan fiduciaries violated their fiduciary duties by…