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Connecticut Supreme Court: Punitive Damages Are Not Recoverable Under State Employment Discrimination Statute

The Connecticut Supreme Court rang in the new year with a ruling long awaited by employers, settling the lingering question as to whether punitive damages are recoverable for claims under the Connecticut Fair Employment...more

General Assembly Committee Releases Report Critical of CHRO Complaint Processing

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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. ...more

New Statistics From CHRO Show Continued Rise in Discrimination Complaints

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At this week’s CHRO information session, I was able to review the new statistics released by the CHRO this fall regarding case filings and dismissals. ...more

CHRO Acknowledges Faults with Case Assessment Review Process But A Fix May Be Hard

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel discussion sponsored by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Charles Krich, a Principal Attorney, also spoke and it was moderated by Deputy Director Cheryl...more

CHRO Informational Session for Attorneys Being Held Today

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If you don’t have plans this afternoon, I recommend joining me over at a panel discussion at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities headquarters in downtown Hartford. There, the CHRO will be holding...more

Sellers of Certain Connecticut Real Estate Required to Attach Housing Disclosure Form To Purchase Agreements

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On May 16, 2016, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted Public Act 16-16, which requires sellers of Connecticut real estate consisting of two or more units to attach to purchase agreements, options and leases which contain...more

Unpaid Volunteers Are Not “Employees”, Says Court

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The CHRO is no stranger to taking aggressive positions in the court system. So, it can really be no surprise that the agency wanted to expand who is covered by the state’s anti-discrimination laws....more

CHRO Referee Dismisses Complaint After Defendant Was Added Too Late

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One of the rules in employment discrimination cases that seems to have blurred of late is the notion that a complaint of discrimination must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. A new decision from...more

A Final Look at CHRO Case Statistics – Part 3

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So, in my prior two posts about the new case statistical reports from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, I’ve looked at the case statistics to see that harassment and terms & conditions claims are...more

Harassment and “Terms & Conditions” Claims Up Big; A Look at CHRO Statistics Part 2

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In yesterday’s post, I talked about how employment claims being filed are up big at the CHRO. Indeed, in looking at the statistics further, I realized that it is the second highest number of claims being filed in the...more

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

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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...more

The CHRO Complaint Process Needs A Reboot

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Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities from both attorneys and clients. And I’ve come to one conclusion: The CHRO Complaint Procedure needs a...more

Back from the Dead: Procedural Changes Coming to CHRO and New Protections for Domestic Workers

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So in a post earlier on Friday, I recapped most of the employment law legislation that passed — except one. That bill, Senate Bill 446, was titled “AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM “DOMESTIC WORKER”. ...more

General Assembly Passes Bill Protecting Interns from Discrimination and Harassment

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These are not the interns you are seeking 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.)...more

When Do Volunteers Become “Employees” Under Anti-Discrimination Laws?

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Having this blog for nearly eight years, it’s fair to say that I’ve covered quite a few topics. But every once in a while, a never-before-discussed issue makes it way to the forefront. Today is one of those days....more

Bill Amending CHRO Procedures Is “Mostly” Dead

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If you read the headlines this morning, you may have seen that nearly four dozen bills died at the Judiciary Committee yesterday afternoon. Indeed, no bills made it out at the deadline. ...more

Government Group Scrutinizing Policies at Campuses

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Racist chants by students at the University of Oklahoma have gained national attention in the press and on the internet. Challenges to policies on reasonable accommodations at colleges, universities and schools have also...more

Perceived Disability Now Recognized Under Connecticut Law

On Monday December 8, 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Mireille Derosiers v. Diageo North America, Inc. et al. holding that the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (the...more

Is the CHRO Expanding its Reach into Schools and Police Actions?

I recently attended a meeting where Charles Krich, the Principal Attorney for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”), spoke about the future of the agency. Attorney Krich stated that the agency...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of April 21

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

SC18877 Concurrence - Sarrazin v. Coastal, Inc. - Foreman for a plumbing contractor sued the company claiming he was entitled to overtime for traveling to job sites all over the state as he had to do so in a company...more

Employee Gripes: When Employers Should Take Them Seriously

An employee’s speech in the workplace may be disruptive to the day-to-day running of your company or worse, downright offensive and “bad for business.” This blog post will discuss when an employer is free to discipline an...more

Back to the Basics on Sexual Harassment Prevention

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

With every new law that gets passed, it’s easy to overlook the existing requirements that employers must follow. After all, if employers are just tracking the new laws down without first nailing down compliance with...more

CHRO’s Website Contains Details on Whistleblower Retaliation Protections

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With all the talk about Edward Snowden, the notion of whistleblowers is back front and center in the public eye. (Put aside for the moment that Snowden is not likely a “whistleblower” in the legal sense.)...more

Changes at the Top at CHRO

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The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is going through some changes now in leadership....more

What Happens in Connecticut to Discrimination and Retaliation Cases After U.S. Supreme Court Case?

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Back in 1994 (in a case Levy v. Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, for the lawyers out there) the Appellate Court in Connecticut made a seemingly innocuous pronouncement: “We look to federal employment discrimination...more

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