Connecticut Employment Discrimination Lawyers
Have you been the victim of discrimination in the workplace? Did your employer treat you unfairly or deny you a promotion or pay raise because of your race, sex or another reason? If so, you have the right to take legal action to protect yourself, hold your employer accountable, and effect change for others who may be impacted by your employer’s actions. Turn to the experienced Connecticut employment discrimination lawyers of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for help.
State and federal laws both prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees. The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) requires people to file employment discrimination complaints in writing, under oath, and within 180 days of the act.
The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) is the state employment discrimination law. It is codified in Connecticut Code § 46a-60.
Multiple federal laws also prohibit employment discrimination, including the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The federal law with perhaps the most protections is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is codified in Chapter 21 of title 42 of the United States Code.
Most employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of age, race, disability, sex, religion, pregnancy, national origin, military service, genetic information, citizenship status, or bankruptcy or bad debts. While state and federal laws can apply to some cases, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will often defer to the CHRO.
Employees have the right to expect fair treatment in the workplace, and Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is here to demand it. Our aggressive trial attorneys are not afraid to stand up for the rights of employees across Connecticut and beyond, and we’re ready to fight for you.
Do I Need An Employment Discrimination Lawyer?
When you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination in Connecticut, you will likely wonder what options you might have. While you could be able to file a complaint with your human resources department, you likely have concerns about the possible consequences of taking such an action.
In many cases, these types of fears prevent people from ever reporting discrimination. When the discrimination is committed by a person in a supervisory, there is some concern that their denial will be granted more validity than your complaint.
You will want to have an attorney on your side as soon as possible. A lawyer can conduct their own independent investigation of your incident to collect important evidence and build a strong case on your behalf.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers won the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. Our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
Jonathan Perkins has more than 30 years of legal experience and was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He is admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers also provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay anything for our services until you receive a monetary award. You can have our attorneys review your case as soon as you call 203-397-1283 to receive a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Employment Discrimination Cases We Handle
Discrimination can take many forms. Some of the most common kinds of employment discrimination include:
- National Origin Discrimination
- Sex Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- Religion Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- Military Service Discrimination
- Genetic Information Discrimination
- Citizenship Status Discrimination
- Bankruptcy Discrimination
Connecticut state law gives a person 180 days to file an employment discrimination complaint, but the deadline can be extended up to 300 days for some EEOC cases. The EEOC may attempt to refer your case to mediation, in which a neutral third party attempts to help both sides reach a settlement.
In other cases, the EEOC will conduct its own investigation, which typically takes an average of 10 months. A person may be required to obtain a Notice of Right to Sue to be eligible to file a lawsuit in a federal court.
You need to have a Notice of Right to Sue before you can file a lawsuit if you filed your charge under Title VII for discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, or filed your charge under the ADA based on disability. A person generally has to give the EEOC 180 days to resolve their charge, but the EEOC may issue a Notice of Right to Sue before the 180 days in some cases.
A charge filed under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act or Equal Pay Act does not require a Notice of Right to Sue from the EEOC. A person can file a lawsuit in federal court under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act 60 days after a charge is filed with the EEOC, and a lawsuit can be filed in federal court under the Equal Pay Act within two years of the last paycheck.
Employment Discrimination Statistics
According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there were 264 total charges related to discrimination in Connecticut in fiscal year 2017. Of these charges, the EEOC reported that:
- 65 (24.6 percent) were related to age discrimination
- 13 (4.9 percent) were related to religious discrimination
- 98 (37.1 percent of all state charges) were related to race discrimination
- 68 (25.8 percent) were related to sex discrimination
- 91 (34.5 percent) were related to disability discrimination
- 100 (37.9 percent) were related to retaliation discrimination
- 5 (1.9 percent) were related to Equal Pay Act discrimination
- 74 (28.0 percent) were related to Title VII retaliation discrimination
- 39 (14.8 percent) were related to national origin discrimination
- 24 (9.1 percent) were related to color discrimination
If you feel that you have been discriminated against on the basis of these (or any other) causes, don’t hesitate to turn to us for help. We have the experience and skill you need on your side to hold your employer accountable.
Contact a Connecticut Employment Discrimination Lawyer Today
Do you believe that your employer discriminated against you in Connecticut? Make sure that you quickly retain legal counsel for help getting the justice you deserve.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers knows that discrimination claims can be extremely difficult for victims, but we will fight to make sure that your employer is held fully accountable. Call 800-PERKINS or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.