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Blog Posts in 2008

Jury Awards Plaintiff $3.1 Million Verdict In Defamation Case Against Target

A South Carolina jury recently awarded a woman $3.1 million verdict in her defamation case against Target. The woman was shopping at Target when she was confronted by Target employees who accused her ...
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Offensive Conduct That Is Not Sex-Specific May Violate Title VII

The Ninth Circuit has held in a recent case that "offensive conduct that is not facially sex-specific nonetheless may violate Title VII if there is sufficient circumstantial evidence of qualitative ...
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Connecticut Law Prohibits Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

Connecticut's anti-discrimination law prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee who is gay, lesbian or bisexual or who is identifed as being gay, lesbian or bisexual. You do not have ...
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New Legislation Improves Protection Of Disabled Workers Under The ADA

Millions of Americans with diseases or impairments such as diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, cancer and carpal tunnel syndrome will be protected from job discrimination under a new disability rights ...
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Bullying In The Connecticut Workplace

Bullying in the Connecticut workplace is not illegal. We receive many phone calls and emails from Connecticut workers who are being verbally abused and bullied in the office and believe that they have ...
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Hostile Work Environment Explained

on September 22, 2008 6:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0) What is a hostile work environment? A work environment may be found to be "hostile" when managers or co-workers are engaging ...
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US Court Denies Request To Review $100,000 Punitive Damages Award in ADA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by global shipping giant FedEx to review a $100,000 punitive damages award against it for failing to provide a reasonable accommodation to a deaf package ...
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Proving CT Employment Discrimination - Burden Shifting Analysis

Claims of employment discrimination are evaluated under the burden shifting analysis set forth in Ford v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc., 216 Conn. 40, 53-54, 578 A.2d 1054 (1990). ...
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Important 2008 Amendments To FMLA

Two new categories of FMLA leave were created by a 2008 amendment: Injured Service Member Leave. Employees who are the spouse, parent, child or "next of kin" of a service member who suffers a serious ...
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Corrected Medical Record Leads To Life Insurance Payment & Legal Settlement

Vincent Sabatini is pleased to announce that he recently obtained a settlement for a client whose husband had past away. Prior to his death, our client and her husband refinanced their home with Wells ...
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Protection For Workers Standing Up For Co-Employees

on August 28, 2008 7:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0) The US Supreme Court has ruled that the federal civil rights laws that protect employees from unlawful discrimination also ...
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Proving Workplace Discrimination Based Upon Stereotyping

Many statements of bias evidence open hostility toward the protected class, and are thus readily recognizable as direct evidence of discriminatory animus. However, certain statements that are not ...
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EEOC Complaints Are On The Rise

The number of Discrimination Charges filed with the EEOC increased to 82,792 in 2007, up from 75,768 the previous year. Race, Gender and Retaliation charges were the most frequently reported charges. ...
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Morgan Keegan Selling Toxic Debt To Seniors

The Memphis based broker Morgan Keegan is under fire for allegedly selling toxic debt to seniors. Multiple lawsuits have been filed charging the firm with failing to disclose to investors the risks of ...
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Can A Former Employer Give A Bad Reference?

Can a former employer give a bad reference for a terminated employee under Connecticut law? The short answer is yes. Contrary to popular belief, there is no Connecticut law that prohibits a former ...
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