Spouse of employee has no standing under CFEPA.

Our Supreme Court recently held that spouses of employees do not have standing to sue under CFEPA, our state’s anti-discrimination law.  In McWeeney v. City of Hartford, the court rejected the claim of a spouse that he had been denied pension benefits because of his marital status.  The Court interepretted CFEPA narrowly to include only employees and prospective employees.  The more interesting question will be whether or not former employees are protected by the law.  One could imagine retaliation against a former employee in post employment compensation, such as accrued vacation pay, benefits, or incentive compensation.  Hopefully, our superior courts won’t interpret McWeeney to foreclose claims by former employees.

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