Employee Rights Blog

Jan 26 2023

Recreational Marijuana is Now For Sale in Connecticut – What Should Employees Know?

On January 10, 2023, Connecticut dispensaries opened for the sale of recreational marijuana for the first time in the state’s history. Employees who choose to partake may have some questions, […]

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Jan 24 2023

Appellate Court Resolves Longstanding Uncertainty About Consideration for Connecticut Non-Competes

The nature of non-compete litigation – in particular, its (often exclusive) focus on the preliminary injunctive stage – means that non-compete cases rarely reach a final judgment and the Connecticut […]

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Nov 30 2022

Connecticut’s Clean Slate Law: What You Need to Know

Changes are coming to the way Connecticut employers can investigate and use the criminal background information of current and prospective employees. A new Connecticut statute known as the “Clean Slate” […]

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Nov 2 2022

Employment Rights for Pregnant Connecticut Workers

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh! Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! What do you want to talk about today? DeMatteis: Well, I thought we would talk about pregnancy. So, I am very close […]

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Oct 26 2022

Common Questions About Applying for Connecticut Unemployment Benefits

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh! Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! What are we going to talk about today? DeMatteis: I thought we could talk about unemployment. It’s kind of surprising that a […]

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Sep 28 2022

Employee Surveillance: What Employers Can and Cannot Do in the Age of Remote Work

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh! Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! What are we talking about today? DeMatteis: Well, we’re still dealing with COVID, whether we want to be or not, but it’s […]

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Sep 27 2022

Changes to Connecticut’s Anti-Discrimination Law

The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) is the Connecticut law that prohibits discrimination in employment. Enacted in the late 1940s, the CFEPA predated the federal Civil Rights Act by […]

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Sep 21 2022

Employee Benefits While on Leave Due to a Workplace Injury

Josh Goodbaum: Hi Amanda! Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh. What are we going to talk about today? Goodbaum: I want to talk about a Connecticut employee who got hurt on the […]

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Sep 13 2022

Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Connecticut

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh! Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! What are we talking about today? DeMatteis: I thought we would talk about non-competes. Non-competes are these restrictive covenants that a lot […]

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Sep 8 2022

Hostile Work Environment | Five Signs that It’s Time to Contact an Employment Lawyer

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh! Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! What are we talking about today? DeMatteis: Let’s talk about a Connecticut employee who feels as though they are working in a […]

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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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