Gould Killian handles many aspects of labor and employment law. Our attorneys successfully litigated one of the most influential employment law cases in Connecticut. The employer-employee relationship can be complicated, and when things go smoothly it is easy to feel a false sense of security. Most Connecticut employees are “at will,” however, and can be terminated without cause and for no reason. There are protections though. An employer cannot discriminate based on race, color, religious creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability. This not only applies to firing, but demotions and other negative changes to the terms and conditions of employment. Some employees, for example members of a union or those otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement or those with an employment contract, are not at-will and cannot be fired in breach of their contract. There are also employment terminations that are against public policy.
If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment or a breach of your employment agreement, we can help. You may have a claim with an administrative body such as the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), unemployment compensation commission, or workers compensation commission. These can be difficult procedures to navigate without representation. We know the system and how to minimize the confusion. You may be entitled to unpaid wages, commissions or other compensation, and you may be entitled to reinstatement of your employment.
Please contact one of our attorneys to discuss your employment law related matters. We pride ourselves in personal service and attention to detail in these complex areas of law.