City of Shelton v. CHRO

On September 23, 2014 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities by the City of Shelton. The City claimed that the Commission was illegally deciding matters of federal law in violation of the United States Constitution. The Court of Appeals agreed with the Commission that when the Commission decides claims of discrimination under CONN. GEN. STAT. § 46a-58, which makes it unlawful to deprive any person of any rights secured or protected by the constitution and laws of the United States or the state of Connecticut, the Commission is only deciding state law. The Court of Appeals ruled that the City of Shelton’s allegations of constitutional violations were not plausible enough to allow it to sue the Commission of Human Rights and Opportunities in federal court.