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

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