When you're concerned that your rights have been violated on the job, you need to step back from the situation first and make sure that is truly the case. One false accusation could cost you your career, and with the job market not really what it used to be, it could be quite a while until you get back on your feet again.
This is why it is so vitally important that you contact a Connecticut employment law attorney before you try to fight for your rights. Your lawyer knows all about what's legal, what's not, and how you should proceed and protect yourself.
Connecticut Employees Have Rights—Protect Yours!
With all of the time people spend at their jobs, there are understandably many pieces of employment law to cover several different situations. Although Connecticut employers and employees are both bound by the "at will" employment rule—meaning you can quit or be fired at any time for any reason—there are still exceptions that you should be aware of, and you still have important rights.
- Wrongful discharge and wrongful termination. Unfortunately, an unfair termination is not always an illegal one. Examples of wrongful discharge or termination would be unlawful discrimination in termination decisions, retaliation for refusing to work under hazardous conditions, employment contract violations, and other situations listed below.
- Employment discrimination. In Connecticut, there is great protection from employment discrimination. State and/or federal laws in Connecticut forbid employers to refuse to hire, fire, bar from employment or otherwise to discriminate based on race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of disability, intellectual disability, learning disability, learning disability, or physical disability including blindness.
- Sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined fully under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act and may include things like unwelcome sexual advances, suggestive or lewd remarks, and requests for sexual favors.
- Genetic information. In Connecticut, your employer can't request genetic information or hire or fire based on genetic information, or otherwise discrimination based on genetic information.
- Pregnancy rights and protection. In Connecticut, there is great protection to those who are or are pregnant, or are contemplating becoming pregnant.
- Medical leave cases. If you were eligible for medical leave under the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act and your employer fired you or punished you in the workplace, you probably have grounds to pursue a case for compensation or reinstatement.
- Age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act protect those in Connecticut from age discrimination. If you are being discriminated against or targeted based on age, we can help you.
- Disability cases. Individuals with significant disabilities are protected in many different ways, including the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 that forbids discrimination on the basis of disability.
- Retaliation cases. If you stood up for yourself and complained about a violation of an employment-related law, or your status as a member of a protected group or class, and your employer punished or retaliated against you, you may have a retaliation case on your hands.
- Workers' compensation. If you are injured on the job you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits which include lost wage benefits, disability benefits, medical benefits, and other important benefits.
- Retaliation for filing or exercising rights under the Workers Compensation Act. Employment discrimination and retaliation against those to file workers compensation claims is common. At our office we fight for those who have been retaliated against on the basis of filing a workers compensation claim or for otherwise exercising their rights under the Workers Compensation Act.
Contact Our Groton Employment Law Attorneys For a Consultation
If you believe you have been treated unjustly in the workplace, your first response should be to confer with a trusted workers’ rights law firm in Connecticut for a basic understanding of the issues. Unfortunately, not all consultations are free because it takes significant time to truly evaluate the merits of an employment law case. You get what you pay for in life, and the same is true with an employment law case review. The rules in this area of the law are complex and ever changing. And frankly, it takes a lot of time to hear facts even when our client tells us they are "making the long story short." But we have created a very efficient process so that poor cases are quickly identified at no or minimal legal fee to our client. You should always have an experienced legal professional's opinion from The Bartinik Law Firm LLC as to whether or not you have a valid employment law case. We work hard to make sure employees in Connecticut are treated fairly and legally, so contact us today at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211 to set up an appointment or ask for our intake form.