U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Race-Based Testimony Should Not Be Used in Sentencing

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision this week in the case Buck v. Davis. The opinion by Chief Justice Roberts condemned the use of race-based testimony in sentencing and marks another victory for civil rights advocates. The facts underlying the case are gruesome. On July 30, 1995, Duane Buck went to his former … More U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Race-Based Testimony Should Not Be Used in Sentencing

Notice of the Filing of a Petition for Declaratory Ruling

The Connecticut State Employee Campaign Committee (“CSECC”) has filed a petition for declaratory ruling with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”) on the following issues:   Does the American Family Association (“AFA”)’s exclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity from its nondiscrimination policy violate any state anti-discrimination statute or regulation over which the … More Notice of the Filing of a Petition for Declaratory Ruling

CHRO to Host Forum on Educational Access and Racial Justice

On March 8th at noon, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will be hosting its “Forum on Educational Access and Racial Justice“ to discuss how equal access to quality schooling can aid in our mission of eliminating discrimination in the state. It will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges the state continues to have … More CHRO to Host Forum on Educational Access and Racial Justice

Fred Korematsu, Activist That Defied Executive Orders, Honored On His Birthday

If you opened up the Google homepage this morning, you would have learned that today is the 98th birthday of Fred Korematsu. Korematsu was a civil rights activist who knowingly disobeyed Executive Order 9066. Korematsu was convicted by a federal court and put on five years’ probation. The order Korematsu violated put people of Japanese … More Fred Korematsu, Activist That Defied Executive Orders, Honored On His Birthday

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Punitive Damages Question

After a series of trips up and down the judicial ladder, the Connecticut Supreme Court determined in a 4-2 decision that United Parcel Service was not required under General Statute § 46a-104 to pay punitive damages to former employee Michael Tomick for discrimination on account of his disability. While many points of the jury’s initial … More Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Punitive Damages Question

Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds Honored at Kristallnacht Commemoration in Orange, CT

On November 20, 2016, Congregation Or Shalom in Orange, CT held its 10th Anniversary commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when mobs attacked Jewish synagogues and business in Germany and Austria in 1938. Each year, the Congregation honors “Beacons of Light in the Darkness”; those who stood up to bigotry despite risk to … More Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds Honored at Kristallnacht Commemoration in Orange, CT

Labor and Employment Fall Seminar Covers Anti-Discrimination Law

The law firm Shipman & Goodwin held a Labor and Employment Fall Seminar: 2016 Update on Labor and Employment Law yesterday at the Hartford Marriot Downtown. It was a wonderful event that presented great information on topics relevant to the CHRO and other labor law practitioners. Things like avoiding discrimination issues in the hiring process … More Labor and Employment Fall Seminar Covers Anti-Discrimination Law

CCJEF: The Decision

After 11 years, 826 exhibits, over 50 witnesses, thousands of pages of briefing, 1,060 findings of fact, and 60 days of trial over a six-month period, a decision was finally issued in the landmark case Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Inc., et al. v. M. Jodi Rell, et al., on Wednesday, September 7, … More CCJEF: The Decision

PA 16-153 Protecting Armed Forces from Discrimination Signed Into Law

On July 20th representatives from the CHRO attended the bill signing for Public Act 16-153, an Act Concerning the Military Department’s Nondiscrimination Laws. The purpose of this bill is “to broaden the scope of the law barring discrimination in the state’s armed forces to more closely align with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities’ … More PA 16-153 Protecting Armed Forces from Discrimination Signed Into Law