Employment Law

Mar 26 2018

Large-Scale Layoffs and the WARN Act

Due to the ups and (specifically) downs of the U.S. economy over recent years, including the increasing outsourcing of manufacturing and other job sectors, a number of employers have downsized […]

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Jan 26 2018

“Labor” & “Employment” Lawyers – or “Labor Law” versus “Employment Law”

The law can be a mysterious field to many lay people, not least because of all the technical words we lawyers use — words like “jurisdiction,” “affidavit,” or “hearsay.”  This […]

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Jan 15 2018

Did Your Employer Retaliate Against You? What You Need to Know

If you find out that your employer has broken the law, you might feel obligated to report it. And if you do, you will become what is often called a […]

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Dec 8 2017

Server and Bartender Wage Violations: Know Your Rights

Across the country, most jobs require the employer to pay a set minimum hourly wage. In Connecticut, that minimum wage is $10.10 per hour worked, not including tax. However, the […]

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Nov 17 2017

Don’t Get Cheated Out of Overtime Pay in Connecticut

In Connecticut, state and federal laws require workers to be properly paid for doing their job. Employers must pay overtime premiums, which is time and a half, to certain workers […]

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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 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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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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Jul 17 2017

10 Common Questions about Severance Agreements

If you just received a severance agreement from your employer (or think you soon might), this Employee Rights Blog post is for you. 1. Why is the agreement so long? […]

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About Joshua R. Goodbaum

A graduate of Harvard and Yale, and a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for employment law, Josh Goodbaum represents employees and other civil rights plaintiffs in litigation and negotiation.

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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