Pullman & Comley - Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law

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Firm Profile: Pullman & Comley, LLC
850 Main Street
P.O. Box 7006
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601-7006, United States
Phone: 203-330-2000
Fax: 203-576-8888
Areas of Practice
  • Labor & Employment Law
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Connecticut
  • New York
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

The Critical Impact of Pretext in Employment Discrimination Cases

“I can’t believe you are firing me for ‘performance issues’. I received ‘exceeds expectations’ in all categories of my last five performance evaluations. You gotta be kidding me!”…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

When Does Work Constitute “Training” For Purposes Of Determining Whether An Intern Is Really An Employee?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (which includes Connecticut) recently revisited the question of when an unpaid intern is actually an intern, as opposed to an employee. This time, the Court focused on whether the…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

USCIS to Rescind Work Authorization Rule for H-4 Spouses

On December 14, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is preparing proposed regulations eliminating United States work authorization for certain holders of H-4 visas, a derivative visa classification that…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Better Late Than Never: Labor And Employment Effects Of The State Budget “Implementer”

While several bills were enacted earlier this year affecting Connecticut employers, the 2017 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly was not the final word. Due to the lack of a budget, the General Assembly had to…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Paid Family Leave May Be Just Around the Corner

Although the Connecticut General Assembly was not particularly active in employment legislation– perhaps because of the protracted budget crisis– our neighboring State of New York adopted a major new employment entitlement this…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Unpaid Disciplinary Suspensions Require a Careful Reading of Federal and State Law

Counseling and written warnings are common steps employers take to address employee attendance issues (such as habitual tardiness) or performance issues (such as failing to complete assigned work on time). But what if the…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Employees Have a Right to Complain About Intoxicated Co-Workers

The likely reaction to the title of this article would be: well of course they do. Workplace rules of conduct typically prohibit being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and although the condition of alcoholism might be…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Time Is Not On Your Side: Severson V. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. And The Limits Of Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

Although less rare than the recent solar eclipse, common-sense results can be elusive when dealing with workplace discrimination lawsuits. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, however, recently delivered…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

What Are the Limits of Reasonable Accommodation?

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to the known mental or physical limitations of an otherwise qualified individual. The Act defines a qualified individual as someone who,…more
 /  Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Attorney General Sessions And Justice Department Change Course On Recognizing Transgender Worker Rights Under Title VII

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has advised United States Attorneys across the country as well as federal agency heads that the Justice Department is reversing its prior position that Title VII of the Civil Rights…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

What To Expect From a Doctor’s Note

Employees who are absent from work for protracted periods of time due to illness or injury submit various types of medical documentation to their employers. Such documentation does not always provide a definite answer to an…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

The Regular Rate of Pay May Not Be As Obvious As It Seems

This blog has previously addressed various complications in establishing the regular rate of pay on which the calculation of overtime is based. To recap, overtime pay is calculated at the rate of one and one half times an…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Against Use of Fluctuating Workweek Method in Calculating Overtime Pay for Retail Employees

On August 17, 2017, in Williams v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., the Connecticut Supreme Court invalidated the fluctuating workweek method of calculating overtime pay for retail employees who are paid in whole or in part by…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Overtime Update

What happened to the Obama administration’s proposed new rule on employee eligibility for overtime pay? Seven months into the Trump administration, do we know what to expect? Recent events provide some clarity on these…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

A Word To The Wise: Castleberry v. STI Group And The Expansion Of Liability For Hostile Work Environments

In David Lynch’s film Dune, a character proclaims that the protagonist “can kill with a word.” Although not quite as dramatic, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that an employer can violate…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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