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Hayber Law Firm Wins Overtime Wages for Insurance Underwriter!

On Friday, May 15, 2015, Rick Hayber and Tony Pantuso of the Hayber Law Firm won a jury verdict in favor of their client, an insurance underwriter who had been misclassified as exempt from overtime.  The case, Graves v. Chubb & Son, Inc., was tried in New Haven in front of Judge Janet Hall.  The … [Read More]

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The NFL needs to rethink the manner in which it disciplines its employees

While professional football players aren’t exactly employees of the NFL, some of the same principles apply in the way it disciplines them.  This week’s suspension of Tom Brady highlights a problem in the way employees are disciplined that applies in other workplaces, as well. The NFL can choose to impose sanctions on players for violating … [Read More]

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Second Circuit Broadens Anti-Retaliation Provisions of Federal Wage Law

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York (which governs federal claims filed in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) held that an oral complaint made by an employee to a supervisor can form the basis of a retaliation lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  This decision, Greathouse v. JHS Security Inc. … [Read More]

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Outside Sales Exemption from Overtime Pay Not as Simple as You Might Think.

Many employers seem to think that they can pay an employee who is involved in selling products away from the workplace a salary and commission without having to worry about overtime pay.  In some cases, employees are true, exempt outside salespeople.  However, often these employees have been misclassified and are, in fact, due overtime. The … [Read More]

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D.C. Court Allows Whistleblower’s Court Case to Proceed!

A federal court in Washington D.C. has denied an employer’s motion to dismiss the claims of a female executive at a non-profit company who was fired after she complained about gender discrimination. Read the Opinion & Order here.  In this case, the executive alleges that she experienced discrimination in the form of reduced responsibility and … [Read More]

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New Haven Legal Aid Wins for Unpaid Employees!

Last week, a federal judge sitting in Connecticut sided with employees in awarding damages to four persons hired to clean movie theaters.  In Tapia v. Mateo, et al., 3:14-cv-00247 (D. Conn. March 31, 2015, Doc. No. 19), the employees in question were expected to clean movie theaters seven days per week for a mere $40 … [Read More]

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Some Employers Make Employees Pay to Work!

As you can imagine, this practice is not legal. A Connecticut statute specifically prohibits this Depression era practice. Conn. Gen. Stat. §31-73 provides that employers may not: Demand, request, receive or exact any . . . sum of money . . . from any person upon the representationor the understanding that such . . . … [Read More]

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Fresh Market Department Managers Defeat Employer’s Motion!

Yesterday, a federal judge in Connecticut denied Fresh Market’s Motion for Summary Judgment (a kind of motion to dismiss a case) and has allowed the plaintiff Department Managers to continue seeking unpaid overtime in court.  In this case, the Department Managers (represented by the Hayber Law Firm) were paid a type of “half time overtime” … [Read More]

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Connecticut Supreme Court Takes Up Whistleblower Case!

The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case against Swiss bank UBS by a former employee. In this case, the former employee sued UBS after he was terminated, allegedly because he complained that various assets held by UBS were overvalued and, as such, would harm investors. See www.wsj.com. Mr. Trusz claims that … [Read More]

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Double Damages for Overtime and Minimum Wage Violations in Connecticut May Soon be Mandatory!

Earlier this week Attorney Daniel Schwartz wrote a blog post titled Proposed Bill Would Double Damages for Overtime Violations. I disagree with several points made in this post.  The problem isn’t with the law, it’s with the fact that employers continue to misclassify their employees and underpay them. To begin with, the proposed Connecticut rule … [Read More]

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