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Employee Use of Social Media

Employers are increasingly terminating employees for social media use both in the office and outside of the workplace. Employees have to be careful about their social media use. Using social media ...
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$250,000 FMLA Settlement

Attorney James Sabatini secured a $250,000 settlement for his client in a FMLA lawsuit. The FMLA prohibits employers from using the FMLA as a negative factor when deciding whether or not to terminate ...
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Millennial Women Behind in Race for Equal Pay

Even though women today nearly mirror their male counterparts on every level in the workforce, women still earn just 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. A new report from Wells Fargo ...
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Verizon Wireless Summary Judgment Defeated

Attorney James Sabatini defeated Verizon Wireless' motion for summary judgment in a disability discrimination and failure to accommodate employment case. Our client was injured on the job. Because ...
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Doubles Damages For Failure to Pay Overtime

Connecticut law imposes double damages on employers who do not pay their workers' overtime pay. If an employee is not paid overtime wages, the employee has the legal right to bring a civil ...
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Paid Maternity Leave is Long Overdue

Paid maternity leave is long overdue in the United States. Virtually every other developed modern economy offers paid maternity leave. About 21% of U.S. employers offer paid maternity leave to all of ...
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Association Provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA further prohibits employment discrimination against a person because of his or her know ...
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Gender Wage Gap - 78 cents on the dollar

How large is the gender wage gap? - 78 cents on the dollar. Women earn about 78 cents to a man's dollar according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The wage gap persists even ...
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Do Not Fear But For Causation in Employment Cases

Since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that in certain employment discrimination and retaliation cases the but for causation standard applies, the defense bar has attempted to portray this causation ...
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Supreme Court Tells Employers to Take Religious Discrimination Seriously

The U.S. Supreme Court in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. has told employers to take religious discrimination seriously. Title VII prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace and ...
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Summary Judgment Defeated in Race Discrimination and Retaliation Case

Our lawyers recently defeated an employer's motion for summary judgment in an employment discrimination case involving race discrimination and retaliation. The case is pending in Connecticut ...
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CT Supreme Court Recognizes Regarded As Disability Discrimination

Our Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled that the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CEFPA) protects individuals who are regarded by their employers as having a physical disability. In the ...
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Association Discrimination

An employer is prohibited from discriminating against an employee due to the employee's association with someone in a protected class. This form of illegal discrimination is called association ...
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Motion for Summary Judgment Defeated in Failure to Accommodate Case

Sabatini and Associates defeated a defendant's motion for summary judgment in a failure to accommodate case pending in federal court. Our client was disabled. As a result of the disability, she ...
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Connecticut Employee Personnel File Rights

Connecticut employees have certain legal rights regarding their personnel files. The Connecticut Personnel Files Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-128a et seq., establishes those rights. Of particular ...
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Temporary Impairments When Sufficiently Severe Can Be Covered Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

In Summers v. Altarum, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and its implementing regulations, an ...
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Connecticut Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed

Attorney James Sabatini has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in Connecticut on behalf of his client. The client was subjected to months of sexual harassment. Despite the employer being aware of the ...
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But For Causation in Title VII Retaliation Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court strikes another blow against employees. In a recent decision, the court held that a plaintiff alleging unlawful retaliation for protected opposition to suspected discrimination ...
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Is Being on Time an Essential Function of the Job? - Not as a Matter of Law

Is being on time an essential function of a job? - not as a matter according to the Second Circuit in a recent decision entitled McMillan v. City of New York. The court found that the "physical ...
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Connecticut's Teacher Tenure Act & Disability Discrimination

Connecticut's Teacher Tenure Act provides that a tenured teacher may be fired for a "disability". However, any teacher that is fired pursuant to the Tenure Teacher Act enjoys the ...
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Most Women Still Seeing Gender Bias in the Workplace

Recent polling conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC show that women in large numbers believe that gender bias continues to be pervasive in the workplace. 84% of the women polled stated that ...
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Loan Underwriters Entitled to Overtime Pay

In a significant victory for workers in the mortgage industry, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has held that underwriters for J.P. Morgan Chase had been misclassified as ...
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Light Duty and the FMLA

Working light duty does not adversely affect an employee's FMLA. Time spent performing light duty work does not count against an employee's FMLA leave entitlement. Also, the employee's ...
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Employers Exposed To Legal Liability For Not Adopting Proper Procedures For Managing Employee Leaves

Employers that lack proper and comprehensive procedures for managing employee leaves are exposed to legal liability and damages. For example, if an employee is out on a medical leave of absence under ...
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Unemployment Benefits, Offsets and Back Pay Awards

If you are a plaintiff in an employment discrimination case in Connecticut, you have probably heard the argument from the defense attorney and even the CHRO that unemployment benefits are applied as ...
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