Employment Newsletter - September 2013: Connecticut Supreme Court Limits Arbitrator’s Discretion When Interpreting Collective Bargaining Agreements


In State v. AFSCME, Council 4, Local 391, 2013 Conn. LEXIS 266 (Conn. Aug. 6, 2013), the Connecticut Supreme Court held there is a clear, well-defined and dominant policy against sexual harassment in the State and that an arbitrator’s interpretation of the “just cause” provision of a collective bargaining agreement as barring an employee’s lifetime termination of employment violated that public policy.

Facts -

The State of Connecticut and AFSCME, Council 4, Local 391, entered into a collective bargaining agreement. A corrections officer employed by the Department of Corrections, who was also a member of the bargaining unit represented by AFSCME, was discharged from his employment for allegedly engaging in an open pattern of sexual harassment in knowing violation of the department’s administrative directive. The employee, through AFSCME, filed a grievance against the State, and the parties submitted to arbitration pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement.

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Topics:  Abuse of Discretion, Arbitrators, Collective Bargaining, Sexual Harassment

Published In: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Updates, General Business Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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