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

Supreme Court Narrows Definition of “Employee” For Discrimination Law

Under Connecticut law, employees are protected from discrimination and sexual harassment.  With rapid changes to the way the labor market functions, however there has been a real debate about who qualifies as an employee.  There are an estimated 1.5 million interns working across America and annually 62.6 million Americans engage in some type of volunteer… More Supreme Court Narrows Definition of “Employee” For Discrimination Law

Bullying in Connecticut Addressed in the Wake of Orlando Massacre

In the wake of the Orlando Massacre, the Southeastern Connecticut Clergy Association, OutCT and representatives of the City of New London organized a public forum for June 29, 2016 entitled Take Action Orlando.   CHRO Attorney Alix Simonetti was among the featured presenters. Please see out last post for an overview of the forum. During the… More Bullying in Connecticut Addressed in the Wake of Orlando Massacre

“Take Action Orlando” Public Forum Addresses LGBT Discrimination in CT

In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre last month, a vigil was organized in New London, CT on June 14, 2016, as a way for community members in New London to demonstrate their solidarity with the LGBTQ victims of the massacre.  There was a large turnout for the vigil. As a follow up, the Southeastern… More “Take Action Orlando” Public Forum Addresses LGBT Discrimination in CT

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: A Conversation Piece

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the wake of deadly attack on Dallas police officers and the death of… More Darkness cannot drive out darkness: A Conversation Piece

CCJEF Trial Concludes

The landmark trial of CCJEF officially concluded on Friday, June 6, 2016.  The Defendants called their final witness, Michelle Dixon, Education Consultant at the State Office of School Construction Grants & Review.  Ms. Dixon is responsible for evaluating and processing school construction grant applications from municipalities and regional school districts. Ms. Dixon is also responsible… More CCJEF Trial Concludes

Mistaken Activity: Retaliation Claims in the Wake of Heffernan v. City of Paterson

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision for Heffernan v. City of Paterson. The case involved a police officer who picked up campaign signs for the current mayor’s opponent on behalf of his bedridden mother. The officer was in no way connected or affiliated with the campaign but some of his co-workers saw him… More Mistaken Activity: Retaliation Claims in the Wake of Heffernan v. City of Paterson