Employee Rights Blog

Oct 19 2017

Yes, Pregnancy Discrimination is Real

When we hear the term employment discrimination, our first thoughts may be a woman not getting paid the same amount as a male counterpart, or being treated adversely because of […]

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Oct 5 2017

The Dialogue: About Firing Employees and Negotiating Severance Agreements

This text originally appeared on Connecticut Employment Law Blog By Daniel Schwartz on October 5th , 2017 The Dialogue – an occasional online discussion between myself and a prominent employee-side […]

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Sep 28 2017

How Can You Spot Age Discrimination?

With more and more older employees staying in or returning to the workforce after their traditional “retirement age,” claims of age discrimination have steadily increased over the past 10 years. […]

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Sep 22 2017

Can a Non-Compete Agreement Be Enforced?

Employers sometimes ask or even require new employees to sign non-competition (or non-compete) agreements as a condition of employment. Because these agreements typically continue in effect after the employment ends, […]

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Sep 15 2017

What to Do If You See Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Just do a quick internet search and you can find many websites that discuss what you should do if you’re being sexually harassed at work. But what if you’re the […]

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Sep 8 2017

Does My Family Leave Qualify for FMLA?

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a federal law that requires employers with a minimum number of employees to provide their employees unpaid leave for medical and […]

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Sep 1 2017

Female Lawyers Aren’t Immune to Gender Discrimination

We all wish that discrimination on the basis of sex was a thing of the past.  Unfortunately, wishing doesn’t make it so, and Connecticut and our nation still have a […]

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Aug 18 2017

What is Considered Wrongful Termination?

Being fired from your job is an extremely stressful experience. It is also a deeply unsettling and confusing one. Your mind is filled with questions: “What will happen to my […]

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Aug 11 2017

Forced Arbitration Agreements Can Hurt an Employee in the End

In the 2001 case of Circuit City Stores, Inc. v. Adams, the United States Supreme Court concluded that the federal law governing arbitration can be applied to employment contracts. The […]

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Aug 4 2017

What Do You Need to Prove Your Employment Discrimination Case?

If you believe you are being discriminated against or harassed at work because of your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or disability or are being retaliated against […]

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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

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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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