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The Dialogue: Workplace Complaints and Happy Endings As Rare As Unicorn Frappuccinos?

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

The Dialogue — one of the more popular recurring posts — returns for the third time. Does that mean the third time’s the charm? Or is it three strikes and we’re out? In any event, Nina Pirrotti of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald and Pirrotti, P.C. returns for this installment where an employee-side and employer-side attorney discuss the… Continue Reading

General Assembly Committee Releases Report Critical of CHRO Complaint Processing

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

Last week, the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee released a 129-page report on the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, with a focus on Discrimination Complaint Processing.  You can download it here. The report is worth a deep dive at another time, and a final report from the Committee is due in January 2017…. Continue Reading

Employment Discrimination Complaints Up Over 11 Percent in 2014-2015; A Look at CHRO Statistics Part 1

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight

As I noted on Friday, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities has, at long last, released case statistics for 2014-2015 fiscal year and has updated their statistics for the last several years. As a result, there are lots of new numbers to pore over and information to be gleaned. The biggest takeaway? The… Continue Reading

General Assembly Passes Bill Protecting Interns from Discrimination and Harassment

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

Believe it or not, harassment against summer interns isn’t directly prohibited under Connecticut law.  (But treating them like employees without paying them is against the law.) This is not, however, a column about the best ways to harass your interns.  Indeed, regardless of the law, it’s bad in so many ways.  (And the CHRO has… Continue Reading

Retaliation Claims Still Remind Us: Scrutinize Your Employment Decisions

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight

I know. We’re a bit of a broken record here. Another post on the perils on retaliation claims. (I’m resisting adding the “so sue me” joke here.) But new decisions from the courts keep coming out which give us an opportunity to do refreshers to employers and provide subtle tweaks to the associated wisdom surrounding… Continue Reading

CBIA Says New Bill Could Be “Double Trouble” for Businesses

Posted in Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Well, so much for a slow legislative session. New proposals keep popping up with changes big and small for employers. The latest was reported on by the CBIA in a post entitled “Double Trouble for Businesses?” and talks about Senate Bill 106, which you can download here. The bill purports to protect immigrants, but as… Continue Reading

The CHRO: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Charge)

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Next week, one of my colleagues, Peter Murphy will be at the Connecticut Bar Association to present a program entitled “CHRO 101 – From Complaint to Public Hearing”.   Full details are available at the CBA website. The program includes a discussion of The Complaint Process, MAR (Merit Assessment Review), and Mandatory Mediation, Responding to the Complaint… Continue Reading

Complaints to an Ombudsman Count as a “Public Body” Under Whistleblowing Provisions

Posted in Litigation

Connecticut’s whistleblowing statute (Conn.Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-51m) protects employees who have made a complaint to a “public body”. But what exactly is a “public body”? Well, there is a definition but a recent Superior Court case had to look beyond that to determine if a complaint to a special ombudsman would count. The facts of the… Continue Reading

What Does it Take to Survive a Motion to Dismiss? Facts, Not Conclusions

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Back in February, I noted that a motion to dismiss in federal court — while still difficult to achieve — still had a pulse.  That’s important for employers because it provides a mechanism for getting rid of frivolous claims early on with lower costs than federal lawsuits typically cost. A new district court case gives… Continue Reading

Oral Complaints under FLSA are Shielded from Retaliation, Supreme Court Rules; Impact in Connecticut?

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

For anyone who has been following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions interpreting wage & hour, discrimination and retaliation claims, yesterday’s decision in Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (download here), can hardly come as a surprise. Indeed, in a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court concluded that to "file" a complaint, an employee need only provide an… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Statutes of Limitations in Discrimination Cases — When Is It Too Late for an Employee To Sue?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Laws and Regulations, Litigation

My thanks to my colleague, Mick Lavelle, who has drafted the following post on a noteworthy issue decided today by the Connecticut Appellate Court.  For employers with long-standing discrimination claims, it’s worth understanding what the statute of limitations are on such claims. Most employers know that claims of employment discrimination can be brought under two… Continue Reading

The Basics: What It Takes To File a Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Newspapers this week seem enraptured with the idea that an employment discrimination lawsuit is news. It shouldn’t be. Why? Because all that a discrimination lawsuit is — by its fundamental nature — is a set of allegations against an employer. Nothing more, nothing less. That doesn’t mean, of course, that each lawsuit that is brought… Continue Reading

What Ever Happened To…The Lawsuit by the Hartford Courant’s Consumer “Watchdog”

Posted in Litigation

Time once again to bring back an occasional feature that takes a look at stories that have now fallen from the local newspapers’ headlines.  After all, have you ever noticed that it is somehow "big news" that a lawsuit is filed but you rarely hear about a lawsuit’s dismissal? This installment updates the lawsuit that… Continue Reading

Workplace Investigations: Don’t Forget to Communicate with the Complainant

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

A few weeks ago, I had an issue with my flight home on Southwest Airlines back to Hartford. The details of what happened aren’t really important (though they make for a great cocktail hour discussion).  Suffice to say that my flight was delayed and I didn’t arrive home until much later than I had originally… Continue Reading

Fox 61 Reporter Discrimination Case: FAQ, Analysis and What’s Next – Part I

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

The filing of a discrimination complaint at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities has certainly garnered a wide variety of responses from the local and national media. Indeed, yesterday, I was one of several invited guests to appear on WNPR’s "Where We Live". (You can download the podcast here.) But what’s been lacking… Continue Reading

Followup: Fox61 Responds to Discrimination Complaint Brought by Reporter

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Late today, Fox61 (also known as WTIC-TV) released the following statement in response to the publicity surrounding the complaint brought by Shelly Sindland (which I covered last night): Although WTIC-TV typically does not comment on personnel matters, in this case, because of the personal nature of Ms. Sindland’s attacks on the station and her colleagues,… Continue Reading

EEOC Reports Record Number of Discrimination Claims for 2008; Up 15 Percent from 2007

Posted in CHRO & EEOC

Record numbers of discrimination complaints were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to a MSNBC column: Discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission jumped 15 percent in fiscal 2008 to 95,402 — the highest level since the agency opened in 1965, said spokesman David Grinberg. That is up from 82,792 claims filed… Continue Reading

Foxwoods/UAW – The Predictable Story Continues with Response by Tribe

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

While a generic post today about sick leave might be more appropriate today given my absence for a few days, there are some actual updates in the labor and employment law arena that need telling. One such story is the ongoing saga in between the UAW and the Mashantucket Pequot Trial Nation, which runs the Foxwoods… Continue Reading

As American as Apple Pie: “Hottest Wife” Teacher Sues School Board for Due Process Claim

Posted in Litigation

Let me preface this post by acknowledging the obvious: This upcoming story is a bit like watching a car wreck. You know you shouldn’t look and it really doesn’t have anything to do with you, and yet you can’t help but stare.  The story of a new lawsuit probably doesn’t merit a post, but some lawsuits are just too… Continue Reading

Problems at the CHRO – A Historical Perspective

Posted in CHRO & EEOC

A few weeks ago, I posted about various issues that I believed the CHRO had and how they were being addressed (including a working group established by Governor Rell).  I’ve also posted on some lawsuits involving CHRO employees and claims of discrimination within the agency, But the issues regarding the CHRO have been around for… Continue Reading

“Supreme Court To Decide Age Discrimination Case!” – Is This Important to Employers in Connecticut?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Last week, lots of virtual ink was spilled on the U.S. Supreme Court’s arguments in Federal Express v. Holowecki which has been labeled as a noteworthy age discrimination claim, following in the shoes of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ledbetter in the spring.  Several blogs have good summaries of what happened, including: LawMemo, Ohio Employer’s… Continue Reading

Avoiding Retaliation Claims – How Much Time to Wait After a Claim is Filed to Take Action

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Do you like tricks or treats? Depending on your perspective, you’ll either find something to like or dislike about a decision just issued by the District Court of Connecticut.  Judge Vanessa Bryant — who has been busy issuing decisions and posting them online seemingly every few days — granted a summary judgment motion by an… Continue Reading