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A Final Look at CHRO Case Statistics – Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage and Updated CHRO Bill

Two quick updates to items I’ve covered before. Yesterday, the state Senate approved of an increase to minimum wage by 75 cents, over two years. The bill would raise the minimum wage to $8.70 on January 1, 2014 and...more

Revisions to CHRO-Related Statutes Under Consideration Include Damages for Emotional Distress

Whenever someone tells you that a proposed bill “clarifies” something or “simplifies” existing law, you should view such talk with a dose of healthy skepticism....more

Employer Alleges “Inherently Conflicted and Irreparably Unfair Proceedings” at CHRO; Seeks Injunction

A new lawsuit filed last Thursday in Connecticut state court by an employer alleges that the employer’s due process rights are being violated by “inherently conflicted and irreparably unfair proceedings” at the Commission on...more

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