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Aug 16 2021

Why You Shouldn’t Use a Fake Professional Reference

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day – yes, lawyers procrastinate too – and I came across this post: I couldn’t tell whether it was trying to offer legal […]

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Jul 22 2021

Transgender Rights

Although the LGBTQ community has experienced huge milestones in the last several years—most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which confirmed that federal […]

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Jul 21 2021

Answering the Basics about Medical Leave

Connecticut employees frequently contact us for legal advice about their right to medical leave and the consequences for taking a medical leave.  Here are some of the most common questions […]

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Jul 13 2021

How the Legalization of Marijuana Affects Connecticut’s Employees

On June 22, 2021, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law the Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis Act (or RERACA), which broadly legalizes the adult use of cannabis in […]

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Jul 9 2021

Federal Action on Non-Competes Could Help Connecticut Workers

As the news has reported, President Joe Biden is signing an Executive Order that the White House hopes will promote competition in the economy.  One component of the Order instructs […]

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Apr 6 2021

U.S. Department of Justice Says Bostock Extends to Title IX

The U.S. Supreme Court held in its 2020 opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County that the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]

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Feb 9 2021

Consensual Romantic Relationships at Work: Tips from an Employment Lawyer

Office romance is a fact of life.  Just ask the millions of Americans who have watched Grey’s Anatomy over its 16-plus seasons.  As enticing as workplace romantic relationships might seem […]

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Jan 18 2021

Google’s Most Asked Questions About Employment Law, Part 4

Can employers assign mandatory overtime? For the most part, yes. Employers are allowed to make the ability to work overtime – even without notice – a condition of employment. There […]

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Jan 17 2021

Google’s Most Asked Questions about Employment Law, Part 3

How does the Supreme Court Case Bostock v. Clayton County impact employment law? In Bostock, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the language in Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

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Sep 16 2020

Google’s Most Asked Questions about Employment Law, Part 2

How does employment law protect employees? At its most basic level, employment law circumscribes the employment relationship. Or, put another way, it says what employers can and cannot do vis-à-vis […]

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Jul 30 2020

Google’s Most Asked Questions about Employment Law, Part 1

What is employment law? Generally speaking, “employment law” is the constellation of constitutions, statutes, regulations, and legal cases that governs the relationship between individual employees and their employers.  If you […]

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Apr 7 2020

Taking FMLA Leave? What You Need to Disclose to Your Employer

You may already understand when FMLA leave comes into play.  The federal Family and Medical Leave Act allows eligible employees to stay out of work without pay for up to […]

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Feb 11 2019

What the Connecticut Legislature Can Do to Prevent Sexual Harassment

At Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., we have been advocating for workers for more than 40 years.  We are proud to have represented countless employees who have experienced workplace […]

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Sep 24 2018

10 Common Questions about Employment Contracts

Our previous blog posts, “10 Common Questions about Severance Agreements” and “10 (More) Common Questions about Severance Agreements,” have helped a number of people who are trying to negotiate their […]

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Apr 12 2018

10 (More) Common Questions about Severance Agreements

Our previous blog post, “10 Common Questions about Severance Agreements,” seems to be attracting a lot of attention. But apparently, there are more than 10 frequently asked questions about severance […]

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About Joshua R. Goodbaum

A graduate of Harvard and Yale, Joshua Goodbaum represents individuals in litigation and negotiation, with particular emphases in employment, civil rights, and appeals. He has represented clients in every level of our justice system, from local trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States, in matters ranging from constitutional law to contract disputes.

Client Experiences

During a very difficult employment situation, I was referred to Joe Garrison. Recognizing the volatile and time sensitive nature of my employment situation, Mr. Garrison met with me immediately (on the weekend no less). He listened to the details of my case, was able to think through possible creative solutions to offer the employer, and was responsive to my myriad of questions. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. I am grateful to have had his support at a very difficult time. —J.C., New Haven, CT

Ethan Levin-Epstein represented me during a most painful and challenging crisis in my personal and professional life. Seeing me within 24 hours of being referred, his support and advocacy, wisdom and clarity not only resulted in a favorable negotiated outcome for me and for my family, but gave me peace of mind and the courage to recover. I am very grateful to have met Ethan and his team and would refer anyone in need to this haven. — C.L., Guilford, CT

You will never meet a more knowledgeable and compassionate professional than Steve Fitzgerald. My employment situation was very complex, and Attorney Fitzgerald kept me focused while remaining extremely adept and “thinking on his feet.” Should the need present itself again, I would never seek anyone else’s counsel regarding employment issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough. — J.R., New Haven, CT

Nina Pirrotti provided outstanding legal advice and was trustworthy, dependable, and responsive. From the start, I was confident that her knowledge and experience would obtain favorable results. On a more personal note, I enjoyed working with her and her staff and felt I was included in every part of the process. The dedication, concern, and interest in me as a client was greatly appreciated, and Nina has earned my highest recommendation. — J.H., Monroe, CT

I recently found myself in need of a lawyer in handling a dispute with my former employer. I was fortunate to retain Josh Goodbaum as my legal counsel. His legal skills knowledge and professionalism shone through in every step of the process resulting in a very positive result. I highly recommend Josh if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. — S.R., Guilford, CT

When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

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