Employee Rights Blog

Mar 14 2019

Have you been placed on a Performance Improvement Plan?

Big Picture Perspective on a Difficult Situation In an ideal world, an employer will facilitate and support an employee’s ability to grow, thrive, and succeed at work. By performing well, […]

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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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Feb 7 2019

Immigration, Ethnicity, and Language – Protecting Your Workplace Rights Based on Your National Origin

The United States is home to more immigrants than any other country in the world.  In fact, more than 40 million immigrants live in the United States, nearly quadruple the […]

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Jan 31 2019

Damaging Workplace Retaliation and What to Do if It Happens to You

Since 2009, nearly half of all complaints filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission allege retaliation. What is retaliation, and why are 44% to 48% of alleged workplace […]

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Jan 28 2019

What You Need to Know About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete clauses were originally intended to protect companies from losing market share or other private information if their executives took a job with a competitor. The idea is that company […]

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Jan 23 2019

Pregnancy: Know the Scope of Your Rights at Work

The dawn of 2019 may be a good time to think about the milestones ahead.  For some women, one such milestone may be pregnancy.  Becoming pregnant may raise lots of […]

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Dec 17 2018

Identifying The Protections And Nuances To Your Employee Whistleblower Claim

It is unfortunate, but true, that violations of the laws, regulations, and municipal ordinances occur in the workplace.  These violations could transpire in any number of ways: by a rogue […]

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Dec 12 2018

Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable for Independent Contractors?

People commonly sign employment contracts to provide services without thinking critically about whether those contracts contain a non-compete clause. Employees hopefully know that they should be cautious about signing a […]

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Oct 31 2018

Does Title IX Apply to Off-Campus Conduct?

On the surface, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is straightforward. The federal law states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, […]

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Oct 30 2018

How to Get the Most Out of Your Employment Handbook

It is a common practice for employers to give handbooks to their new employees when they start work. But, as an employee, how often do you actually look at the […]

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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 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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