May 19 2021

Hostile Work Environment? Here is Rule #1

 Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda. Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh. What are we going to talk to Connecticut employees about today? Goodbaum: I thought we could talk about harassment and hostile […]

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May 17 2021

How to Find the RIGHT Employment Lawyer in CT

Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda. Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh. What are we going to talk about today? Goodbaum: I thought we could talk about how people find lawyers and in particular, […]

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Apr 30 2021

New Law! The CROWN Act Protects CT Employees with Hairstyles Tied to Their Race

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh! Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! What are we talking about today? DeMatteis: Well, we have some exciting news. On March 5, Governor [Ned] Lamont signed into law […]

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Apr 27 2021

How Does the American Rescue Plan Act Impact CT Employees?

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh! Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! What are we talking about today? DeMatteis: Today, we’re back to the COVID-19 crisis and what the federal government is doing to […]

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Apr 15 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine & Returning to Work | Can You Be Forced To Get It?

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh. Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda. DeMatteis: I hear we’re going to talk about some COVID-related issues today. Goodbaum: Yeah, so we’re living in the age of a […]

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Apr 12 2021

What is a Hostile Work Environment?

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh. Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda. So, what are we talking about today? DeMatteis: Today, we’re talking about “hostile work environments.” So, typically, a potential client will come […]

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Apr 8 2021

Wrongful Termination in CT Explained

Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda! Amanda DeMatteis: Hey, Josh. What are we going to talk about today? Goodbaum: I thought we could talk about “wrongful termination.” So, a lot of Connecticut […]

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Mar 24 2021

Calling All Working Moms! Pregnancy and Motherhood Rights in the Workplace | CT Employment Law

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

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) | What Connecticut Employees Need to Know and How They Can Use FMLA.

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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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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Oct 9 2018

What’s Sauce For The Goose…

Consumers and employees often believe that mandatory arbitration clauses drag them into a forum they didn’t choose, to be heard before an arbitrator whose powers are virtually unreviewable, who will […]

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Oct 2 2018

Enforcement Of “Customized” Arbitration Agreements

One benefit of arbitration is that parties of equal bargaining power can provide for a method of settling disputes which is alternative to the court system.  A negotiated arbitration agreement, […]

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Sep 25 2018

What Arbitration Clause? Illiteracy As A Defense To Arbitration

I admit I was surprised to find that a person can agree to a written arbitration clause, even though he or she is illiterate. I was even more surprised to […]

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Sep 24 2018

10 Common Questions about Employment Contracts

Our previous blog posts, “10 Common Questions about Severance Agreements” and “10 (More) Common Questions about Severance Agreements,” have helped a number of people who are trying to negotiate their […]

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Sep 18 2018

Mafia Should Have Used Binding Class Action Waivers

“Payday loans” are a modern device intended to avoid interest rate regulations and financial disclosure laws.  So-called “salary lenders” who engage in these predatory loan arrangements concentrate on low-income families […]

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About Joseph D. Garrison

Since founding Garrison, Levin-Epstein in 1977, Joe Garrison has become the leading employment lawyer in Connecticut and one of the most prominent employee rights advocates in the United States.

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

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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