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The EEOC Weighs in on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Last week, the EEOC held in a case before it that the discrimination based on sexual orientation is discrimination “based on sex,” and therefore prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination. Read more here.  This isn’t the biggest deal in Connecticut, as our state … [Read More]

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U.S. Department of Labor provides New Guidance on Independent Contractor/Employee Dichotomy

  The U.S. DOL has issued a new “interpretation” regarding when people who work can be classified as independent contractors, and when they must be classified as employees. Read the Administrators Interpretation here.  This makes a huge difference: an employee is protected by laws ranging from wage protection to whistleblower protection; and are entitled to … [Read More]

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Employers Can’t Just Run a Background Check on You!

  Many employers have a practice of paying a service to do background checks (and sometimes credit checks) on their employees and prospective employees.  What many employees don’t know is that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have strict rules governing these third-party background checks. When an employer sends … [Read More]

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Paid Family Leave Bill Moving Forward in Connecticut

A bill to provide paid medical and family leave to Connecticut employees is moving forward in the Connecticut legislature.  The budget (finally!) passed provides $140,000 for the year 2016 to figure out the logistics of the law- a consultant will be hired by October 1, 2015; and a report submitted by February 1, 2016.  This … [Read More]

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Can my employer deny my FMLA request because I messed up the paperwork?

The FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) does require a fair amount of paperwork- from you and your medical provider. This often complicates the situation for employees, particularly if they aren’t feeling well, and can lead to problems exercising their rights under this important law. Keep in mind that your employer has a right to … [Read More]

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Hayber Law Firm and Lichten & Liss-Riordan File Important Motion Against Compass Group!

On June 30, 2015 the Hayber Law Firm and our co-counsel, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, filed a Motion in Federal Court in Connecticut asking the court to authorize the sending of notice to Assistant Managers employed by Compass Group’s Eurest Dining Services Division.  Eurest owns and operates cafes and cafeterias, often at corporate headquarters and other … [Read More]

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When can my employer deny my religious accommodation?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Abercrombie and Fitch engaged in discriminatory conduct by failing to hire a Muslim woman because her headscarf didn’t fit within the company’s “Look Policy.” Read more here.  The Court stressed an employer’s obligation to make a reasonable religious accommodation for employees whom they reasonably believe might need one, … [Read More]

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Did you know? Sales Commissions are Protected like Wages in Connecticut for Some Reps!

Under Connecticut law, wages enjoy special protection.  Conn. Gen. Stat. sec. 31-58 et seq. entitle an employee who has not been paid his or her full wage (i.e., minimum wage, and overtime of non-exempt) to attorneys’ fees if successful and double damages in some cases.  The purpose of this law is to prevent employers from … [Read More]

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I work on an Indian Reservation. When does tribal law apply to my employment?

This is a tricky question, and the answer depends on the law.  The Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (the federal non-discrimination statute), for example, specifically state that they do not apply to Indian tribes, and therefore to businesses wholly owned by Indian tribes. Some other laws, like the … [Read More]

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CT Senators Back Bill to Prohibit Non-Competes for Low-Wage Workers

  Both of Connecticut’s Senators, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, are backing a bill to prohibit employers from forcing low wage workers (those who earn less than $15 per hour, $31,200 annually, or who make the applicable minimum wage) to sign non-compete agreements preventing them from freely seeking out better paying jobs.  Read more here.  … [Read More]

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