Retaliation for Employee Honesty

Posted on December 30, 2014, Employment Law

  The Metro-North Railroad has a history of safety inadequacies, involving both customers and employees. The company has been commanded, by the U.S. Labor Department, to pay more than $250,000 to an employee who was retaliated against for reporting an injury while on the job. Steven Annucci injured his leg in 2011 and while en-route […]

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A New Year’s Resolution: Increased Equality For The American Workforce

Posted on December 29, 2014

  Earlier this month, the Labor Department announced a regulation that would protect federal contractors’ employees, roughly 20% of the American workforce, from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.  President Obama signed the executive order back in July, amending an order issued by President Bill Clinton banning discrimination based on sexual orientation […]

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Stricter Guidelines for Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on November 26, 2014, Employment Law

  According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there has been a drastic increase in pregnancy-related discrimination complaints.  This issue has garnered increased attention as the Obama administration intensifies its enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.  In order to combat the discrimination, the EEOC has updated its guidelines to ensure that any kind of harassment or […]

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Transgender Discrimination in a Police Department

Posted on November 25, 2014, Employment Law

  Voluntary gender classification was rejected by a Connecticut police department in the past 18 months.   A controversial lawsuit is ongoing after a Middletown police officer was fired.  According to the city, her termination was mainly due to her refusal to undergo an evaluation to determine whether she was physically fit to return to duty […]

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Sexual Harassment in Restaurants

Posted on November 24, 2014, Employment Law

  According to a study conducted earlier this year with nearly 700 restaurant workers in 39 states, published by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, 90% of waitresses have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. Women fighting back, however, will help protect future waitresses from the same fate. One such example is a recent […]

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Posts on Social Media and Hiring Prospective Employees

Posted on August 6, 2014, Employment Law

  Social media is an extremely helpful tool in the hiring process. Facebook and other social media sites can create, or not, a favorable impression. In a 2013 survey, 90% of employers reported examining a job seeker’s social media accounts and nearly 70% said that they rejected a candidate based on their online content.   The […]

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Center Opening in Stamford to Help the Unemployed

Posted on August 6, 2014, Employment Law

The American Job Center, an organization that provides various services to assist the unemployed and underemployed people pursue work, is opening a facility in Stamford, CT.  Job seekers can conveniently access education, training, and information services they need all under one roof.  Several workshops will be held there, including interviewing strategies, internet job search, resume […]

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Bill to Broaden Veterans’ Job Benefits

Posted on May 14, 2014, Employment Law

A proposed bill in Connecticut would ensure that military members have the opportunity to use their experience as a substitute when applying to a job that requires similar training. Veterans are a motivated, determined, and skilled group whose military experience should satisfy occupational license requirements. This bill, An Act Concerning the Findings of the Military […]

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Temporary Condition Gets Disability Discrimination Protection

Posted on May 13, 2014, Employment Law

An auditor’s employer failed to accommodate him when he damaged his spine. The employee, Ronald Hodges, purported that his disability limited his ability to sit, work, sleep and concentrate.  After his doctor recommended time off from work due to the treatment’s recovery period, Hodges asked for unpaid leave. His request was denied and was offered […]

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Medicinal Marijuana Use and Employment

Posted on May 8, 2014, Employment Law

Connecticut recently passed a bill that allows for the medical use of marijuana even though the drug is still illegal under federal law. The Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects employees with disabilities, does not protect employees who are medical marijuana users.  It excludes persons who are currently engaged in the illegal use of drugs. […]

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