COMMISSION CELEBRATES DECISION OF US SUPREME COURT REGARDING TITLE VII

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities applauds today’s decision from the United States Supreme Court, recognizing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. For the LGBT+ community, the month of June is a celebration of Pride, commemorating a decades-long struggle … More COMMISSION CELEBRATES DECISION OF US SUPREME COURT REGARDING TITLE VII

AFFIRMING CONNECTICUT PROTECTIONS FOR GENDER IDENTITY

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities condemns the repeated assaults on the rights of transgender youth. Last week, the United States Department of Education issued a preliminary finding, in which it asserted that it is a violation of Title IX for students to participate in athletics consistently with their gender identity. This was merely … More AFFIRMING CONNECTICUT PROTECTIONS FOR GENDER IDENTITY

The truth about racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic

The first half of 2020 has laid bare the stark realities of modern day racial disparities and inequities in our society. The COVID-19  global pandemic has had a debilitating effect on many communities across our nation but has hit America’s poor and black and brown communities at a disproportionately alarming rate. The country has been … More The truth about racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic

CHRO Issues Declaratory Ruling Regarding Discrimination in Insurance Coverage for Transgender Individuals

At its April meeting, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities issued a declaratory ruling regarding the categorization by health insurers of certain gender confirming surgeries as cosmetic. Under this ruling, the first of its kind in the nation, the Commission determined that: It is discriminatory on the basis of gender identity and sex for … More CHRO Issues Declaratory Ruling Regarding Discrimination in Insurance Coverage for Transgender Individuals

Best Practices Issued for EEO Investigation Confidentiality

The Connecticut Association of Diversity and Equity Professionals (CADEP) and the Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities has issued a Best Practices Guide for maintaining confidentiality during internal investigations. This guide will help navigate changes brought about by PA 19-16 that affect the need to maintain confidentiality. A copy of the guide can be found … More Best Practices Issued for EEO Investigation Confidentiality

CHRO Condemns Divisive Language Describing the Coronavirus

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities strongly condemns media postings, tweets, and other social media posts calling the COVID-19 virus the “Chinese virus”. These offensive messages target individuals of Chinese or Asian descent and set them up for ostracism, hostility, and even violence. Now more than ever, it is clear we … More CHRO Condemns Divisive Language Describing the Coronavirus

CHRO Joins Multistate Coalition in Support of Lawsuit Protecting Access to Critical Information on Pay Discrimination

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities today joined a nationwide coalition of government agencies, led by California, in support of a lawsuit seeking to protect the collection of demographic information critical to combating pay discrimination. The lawsuit arose following a 2017 Trump Administration reversal of a program that would have required … More CHRO Joins Multistate Coalition in Support of Lawsuit Protecting Access to Critical Information on Pay Discrimination

New Posting and Training Requirements Under the Time’s Up Act

The Time’s Up Act, comprised of Public Acts 19-16 and 19-93, went into effect on October 1. The Time’s Up Act strengthens laws protecting employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. In addition to requirements regarding training and education, the new statute changes existing requirements of the posting of information about sexual harassment in the … More New Posting and Training Requirements Under the Time’s Up Act