I’m not going to discuss it in detail because I and my colleagues here at the firm wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association in the case last fall. You can read that brief here.
Fortunately, Mara Lee from the Hartford Courant does a good job recapping the issues in an article today. At issue is whether the Connecticut Constitution affords greater protection to employees than the U.S. Constitution.
The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on one narrow issue in the case: Are employers free to discipline or fire employees for complaints inside the workplace, even if employees’ concerns are on a matter of public interest?
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 2006 decision, rejected the argument that public employees deserve whistle-blower protection for internal protests, but Trusz’s lawyers are arguing that judges interpreting the Connecticut Constitution are not bound by that precedent.
When this issue was last before the court (in a case I was involved with), it took the court nearly a year to decide it after oral argument. Will we get a decision before the end of 2015? Stay tuned.