Employee Rights Blog

Apr 16 2018

What You Need to Know about Sick Leave in CT

A couple of years ago, National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health polled working adults concerning how their health impacts […]

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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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Apr 3 2018

Is Drug and Alcohol Addiction Covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act?

We often hear that addiction is no different from any other chronic illness, like diabetes or heart disease or cancer. That may be true in the real world, but in […]

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Mar 27 2018

Can an Employer Require Employees to Speak Only English?

The United States is known as the world’s “melting pot,” with people from every corner of the globe and every culture and background who call our country home. Not surprisingly, […]

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Mar 26 2018

Large-Scale Layoffs and the WARN Act

Due to the ups and (specifically) downs of the U.S. economy over recent years, including the increasing outsourcing of manufacturing and other job sectors, a number of employers have downsized […]

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Mar 23 2018

Weight Discrimination: Is It Real?

Discrimination is an all-too-sad reality for many employees around the country, including here in Connecticut. Many people know that discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, religion, or gender […]

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Mar 21 2018

Understanding the Hostile Work Environment

You’ve probably heard the term “hostile work environment,” but do you know what it means? Some people think it’s just an overbearing boss. But a boss does not create a […]

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Feb 12 2018

Filing a Discrimination or Retaliation Claim in Connecticut

Federal and Connecticut law prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of a number of inherent characteristics or traits, including age, race, color, sex (or gender), physical or mental disability, national […]

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Feb 12 2018

The Gender Wage Gap Is Widening, Not Shrinking

It’s 2018. Women have been equal to men under U.S. and Connecticut employment laws for more than 50 years. And yet equality on paper still has not translated to equality […]

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Jan 26 2018

“Labor” & “Employment” Lawyers – or “Labor Law” versus “Employment Law”

The law can be a mysterious field to many lay people, not least because of all the technical words we lawyers use — words like “jurisdiction,” “affidavit,” or “hearsay.”  This […]

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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 highestrecommendation. — 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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