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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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Mar 24 2021

Amanda DeMatteis and Josh Goodbaum explain Pregnancy and Motherhood Rights for Connecticut Employees

Josh Goodbaum: Hi, this is Josh Goodbaum! Amanda DeMatteis: Hey! And Amanda DeMatteis! Josh, what are we going to talk about today? Josh Goodbaum: Well, I thought, Amanda, because you […]

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Mar 22 2021

Attorneys Amanda DeMatteis and Josh Goodbaum explain the Family & Medical Leave Act

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, there. It’s Amanda DeMatteis. Josh Goodbaum: Hi! Amanda DeMatteis: I’m here with my partner Josh Goodbaum. We’re going to be talking to you today about the Family […]

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Mar 12 2021

Uncertainty About Unemployment

March 2021 is here. It’s alarming to think that this month marks one year since Connecticut confirmed its first COVID-19 case, shut down its schools, and – most notably – […]

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Feb 12 2021

Railroad Worker Injuries:  The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)

If you have been injured on the job while working for Metro North, Amtrak, the Long Island Railroad, PATH, or New Jersey Transit, you may be surprised to learn that […]

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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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Feb 2 2021

Using the ADA

“I’m afraid to request an accommodation under the ADA, because I’m afraid that my employer will treat me differently when it knows about my disability.” This is a common question […]

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Jan 27 2021

What to do if you receive a Performance Improvement Plan?

A performance improvement plan, commonly referred to as a PIP, is a tool employers use to give employees with performance deficiencies the opportunity to correct them. Unfortunately, though, some employers […]

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Jan 26 2021

What is Wrongful Termination?

Many people call us and say, “I was wrongfully terminated.” But what does that mean? And is it true? Was your termination wrongful? Think of wrongful termination like a big […]

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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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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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