The state of Connecticut has many powerful laws that protect workers from abusive employers. However, employees often do not exercise those rights. They may be unaware of their rights, or may not fully understand them.
At Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, we help workers in New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, Milford, Stamford and all over Connecticut exercise their rights. Our Hartford employment lawyers represent employees who have been improperly denied pay, leave, promotions or benefits they deserve under the law. We represent employees who have been subject to illegal harassment, including sexual harassment.
Connecticut Employee Rights
It’s important to know your rights as a Connecticut employee. Some of the most commonly violated rights and employment laws include:
- Employer Retaliation: Employees have certain rights, like the right to file claims for workers’ compensation or take medical leave. They also have certain moral and ethical responsibilities, like the responsibility to report wrongdoing or illegal activity. The employer may, sometimes, retaliate against the employee for acting on these rights and responsibilities. Employees in Connecticut are protected by the law from illegal employer retaliation.
- Wage and Hour Laws: Under Connecticut and federal law, workers are supposed to be paid for the time they work, and get overtime pay for time worked beyond than 40 hours in a week unless their duties fall under certain narrow exceptions. Some employers wrongfully deny workers’ earned pay, by misapplying an exception or docking time for meetings or training or other reasons.
- Workplace Harassment: Connecticut law protects workers from discrimination, and that includes freedom from harassment. Sexual harassment is the most common form of harassment, but workers are also protected from harassment because of race, religion, sexual orientation and several other categories under state and federal law.
- Family and Medical Leave Act: The federal and Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Acts give qualified workers of certain employers the right to take leave for serious medical conditions, to have a child or care for certain family members. If your employer denies you leave you are qualified to take, they could be breaking the law.
- Military Service: If you leave your job to serve in the Armed Forces and meet certain qualifications, your job must be there when you get back. Additionally, your employer cannot discriminate against you for your military service.
- Improper Background Checks: While a potential employer may check some elements of your background, there are limits to how far they can go. If a potential employer exceeded those limits, or your current employer did while considering you for a promotion, you may have certain rights.
- Unemployment Compensation: If you lose your job, you are often eligible for unemployment benefits. However, your former employer may wrongfully try to deny you those benefits by appealing your application.
If you’ve been denied pay, leave, a promotion or other benefits in violation of any these laws, or have been the subject of harassment or other illegal activities, our Hartford employment lawyers can help you.
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