Connecticut Labor and Employment Law Journal

Connecticut Labor and Employment Law Journal

Tag Archives: Discrimination

Legislature Expands Pregnancy Protections, Malloy Set To Sign

Posted in Employer Policies
Just before the end of the legislative session, Public Act 17-118: An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace, passed and is expected to be signed by the Governor.  Effective October 1st, this Bill amends Connecticut’s existing Pregnancy Discrimination Statute, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46a-60 by expanding the employment protections provided to pregnant women and… Continue Reading

Connecticut Supreme Court: Unpaid volunteers not employees for purposes of State’s employment anti-discrimination laws

Posted in Wage & Hour
In a recently released decision, CHRO v. Echo Hose Ambulance, et al, a unanimous Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Court’s dismissal of the CHRO’s appeal of a human rights referee’s determination that a volunteer was not an employee for purposes of Connecticut Fair Employment Practice Act, Conn, Gen. Stat. §461-60, et seq. (“CFEPA”) The issue… Continue Reading

A Win for Employers: Appellate Court Holds Punitive Damages Not Recoverable in Discrimination Case

Posted in Discrimination
The Appellate Court of Connecticut, in a long awaited decision, recently held in Tomick v. UPS, 157 Conn. App. 312 (Conn. App. Ct. 2015), that a plaintiff cannot recover punitive damages under Connecticut’s statute prohibiting discrimination in employment, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (“CFEPA”).  The Court accordingly set aside the jury’s $500,000 award of… Continue Reading

The Fine Art of Crafting Age Discrimination Waivers

Posted in Discrimination, Employer Policies
It is no secret that most employers attempt to manage the risk of litigation through the use of employee separation agreements.  A recent Second Circuit decision serves as a valuable reminder of the importance of drafting separation agreements which will stand up to attack. Earlier this month, in Ridinger v. Dow Jones & Co., the… Continue Reading

Proceedings Remain Suspended for Second Week at Office of Public Hearing

Posted in Discrimination, Employee Benefits, Employer Policies, Municipal Labor
Effective July 1, 2011, all cases before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Office of Public Hearing were suspended, see pdf, as the Governor failed to appoint new referees for the term beginning July 1, 2011.  To date, new referees have yet to be appointed.  This all comes as a result of Connecticut’s current… Continue Reading


Posted in Discrimination, Employee Benefits, Employer Policies
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes.  As expected, the decision was a victory for the retail giant.  The Court denied the plaintiffs the right to proceed as a class on the grounds that the class failed to meet the commonality requirement, since the action was… Continue Reading

New Bill Codifies CHRO Position on Gender Identity Protections

Posted in Discrimination, Employer Policies
In addition to the paid sick leave law which we’ve been closing following as its made its way through the General Assembly, a new law affecting employers which will make “gender identity or expression” a new protected category passed the General Assembly this weekend and is heading to the Governor’s desk.   Few employers will be… Continue Reading

David Versus Goliath: Supreme Court Hears Landmark Class Action

Posted in Discrimination
All eyes are on the United States Supreme Court in a case that involves millions of female employees facing off against the nation’s largest retailer.  The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in March on the most closely watched case before it this year, and the largest employment class action in history, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.… Continue Reading

New Legislation Protects Employees Who are Victims of Family Violence

Posted in Discrimination, Employee Benefits
On October 1, 2010, a new Connecticut law went into effect which provides additional employment protections to victims of family violence and an allowance of leave time for employees dealing with issues relating to family violence. Before October 1, 2010, Connecticut law prohibited employers from terminating, penalizing, threatening, or otherwise coercing employees with respect to… Continue Reading

Retaliation Claims Create Bigger Headache for Employers than Discrimination Claims

Posted in Discrimination
In 2010, retaliation surpassed race for the first time ever as the most frequently filed charge with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This is of great concern, given that retaliation is often far easier to prove than discrimination, and given that there has been a national trend of high damage awards issued… Continue Reading