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ENDA Clears Senate Hurdle but House Prospects Look Grim

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

A federal bill banning workplace discrimination (known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “ENDA) on the basis of sexual orientation cleared a key procedural hurdle last night as the Senate voted to begin debate on the measure, 61-30.   Passage by the Senate is now expected later this week.   (You can find my prior coverage of ENDA beginning here.)… Continue Reading

Senator Murphy: Prospects “Not Too Good” for Federal Bill Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination (ENDA)

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Legislative Developments

As many wait for the Supreme Court’s decision later this term on same-sex marriages, one issue that seems to get lost in the shuffle is the fact that there is still no federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. For employers in Connecticut, this is basically a non-issue because Connecticut… Continue Reading

Can Being Called “Too Flamboyant” Be Basis for State Gender Discrimination Claim?

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Litigation

Let’s play the “law school hypothetical” game for a minute.  (I know, not as exciting as a cat being chosen in Monopoly, but bear with me.) You hear the following allegations: An gay, male employee starts works as a teacher in an “New Beginnings Alternative” program at a public school. During his employment, he is subject to derogatory statements by… Continue Reading

Four Potential Employment Law Impacts of Obama’s Next Four Years

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Litigation, Wage & Hour

President Obama was re-elected to a second term last night (something forecasted by stats guru Nate Silver). What does it mean for employers? I won’t go quite as far as fellow blogger Jon Hyman, who said this morning that “it just doesn’t matter” who won last night.  I think it matters in part. But the impact… Continue Reading

Election 2012: What Debate Questions Would You Ask Mitt Romney?

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NRLB, Legislative Developments

All this week, this blog (and other employment law blogs — here, here, here and here) are posting employment law-related questions for the major-party candidates for President and Vice President.  Today’s turn: Mitt Romney. (For a recap of this process — and a reminder that these questions should not be interpreted as being “for” or “against”… Continue Reading

Conn. Supreme Court: Law Bars Hostile Work Environment Based on Sexual Orientation

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a decision that will be officially released on May 15, 2012, today ruled unanimously that Connecticut’s anti-discrimination laws implicitly create a claim for hostile work environment based on an employee’s sexual orientation.  The state’s anti-discrimination laws have long been interpreted to bar a hostile work environment based on gender, but… Continue Reading

Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Hostile Work Environment and CTFMLA Cases

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

It’s not very often that the Connecticut Supreme Court considers employment law issues. But today, two notable cases are being argued in front of the court. Both could have an impact on employers in the state. In Patino v. Birken Manufacturing, the court is being asked to consider whether a hostile work environment harassment claim… Continue Reading

Obama Transition Team Pledges Not to Discriminate On Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity in Hiring Practices

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

AS UPDATED 11/7 below: In my earlier post, I highlighted the policy issues that are likely to be on the new administration’s radar. But suppose you want to work in the new administration, there’s an "expression of interest" form that you can fill out too on the "Jobs" page. Buried at the bottom of the page is… Continue Reading

Transgender Litigation: Court Grants Summary Judgment to Employer In Title VII Transgender Case

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

Earlier this year, proponents of a bill to make transgender (or gender identity and expression) a protected category  failed in their efforts to get that category covered under the state’s anti-discrimination laws.  A new United States District Court case this week may provide proponents with an example of a case that, in their view, may have come out differently if "transgender" was… Continue Reading

ENDA – Federal Bill to Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination May Have Limited Impact in Connecticut

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment

The big headlines this week in employment law centered around the passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).  Various blogs have written about the law generally and they provide a good foundation for understanding the law in general. In particular: The Volokh Conspiracy has summarized the law and added… Continue Reading

New Connecticut Laws effective October 1, 2007

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Laws and Regulations

October.  Here in New England, it brings to mind pumpkins.  Besides being carved up (made into pumpkin pie), pumpkins also hold a place in story lore — you’ll recall from Cinderella that a pumpkin could be magically transformed into a beautiful carriage (which of course, you can buy on Amazon.)  In Connecticut, October also brings about… Continue Reading

New Laws Ban Civil Union Discrimination

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

Two years ago, when Connecticut passed a civil union law, there was ample amount of press on the changes to the various laws. But on July 10, a change to Connecticut’s employment laws took place with virtually no coverage. Specifically, Public Act 07-245 amended the state’s employment laws to preclude discrimination in the workplace based… Continue Reading