Articles Posted in Whistleblower

We’ve seen a lot in the news lately (particularly Fox News) about how accusations of sexual harassment and having affairs by or with your boss can lead to lawsuits for sexual harassment and hostile work environment.

But what if the affair with your boss in Connecticut is consensual? Is that still considered sexual harassment? Can a Connecticut employer company still get sued?

100 percent. Here’s why…

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If you have any experience with some of the high-priced, country club style assisted living and nursing home facilities in Fairfield County Connecticut, then you know that despite paying thousands of dollars a day in boarding and service fees, you could nevertheless be provided with sub-par and oftentimes, incompetent staff and assistance. And over the past few years, top Connecticut personal injury lawyers who sue Connecticut nursing homes and assisted living facilities for negligence, or even physical or sexual assaults, have seen a decline in competence and supervision in some of the most reputable facilities. The physical assaults and rapes in these Connecticut assisted living and nursing homes can come from fellow residents, patients or even staff members themselves. Which raises the question…can you hold these big-company, deep-pocketed Connecticut nursing home / assisted living companies financially responsible for the pain and suffering of your loved ones who have been victimized by fellow residents or the nursing home staff?

Absolutely…in fact, suing these Connecticut nursing homes and assisted living facilities is possibly the only way to effect change and keep other residents and patients safe from similar attacks and neglect. Accountability starts here…

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An NFL-commissioned investigator issued a report this week finding that several Miami Dolphin football players contributed to severe workplace bullying and harassment of fellow team members.  At first glance, the thought of grown men making fun of each other in a locker room, exchanging trash talk and perhaps engaging in light hazing could seem harmless in the context of an NFL sports team locker room.  But the report issued by the NFL investigator revealed something much more serious—racial intimidation, sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, and physical bullying and hazing—all of which led the bullying target to even contemplate suicide.

Would this type of workplace bullying behavior be illegal in Connecticut?  Absolutely, as it provides the grounds for civil lawsuits to be brought against the bullies and the employer.  Is it criminal?  Possibly, and in today’s sensitive and vigilant anti-bullying climate, you can expect law enforcement to take bullying and hazing complaints like this very seriously.

Here’s why…

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Losing your job is a difficult and emotional event.  If you’re like most people facing termination, you’re at a loss to figure out the reason for your dismissal.  In fact, you may believe you were fired unfairly and illegally in violation of Connecticut employment law.

Connecticut, like many other states, has laws protecting an employer’s right to terminate employees “at-will.”  This means your employer does not need a good reason to end your employment status.  You may have been a wonderful employee with positive reviews, however if you were working without a contractual agreement, then your termination could be legal.

There are some exceptions to the at-will laws, however.  Federal and state law prohibits discriminatory labor practices.  This means an employer cannot fire you solely on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or age.  Your employer also cannot fire a worker in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge, participating in an investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices.  Sexual harassment at work is also illegal in Connecticut.

Greenwich Time

Debra Friedman, Staff Writer
Published 10:37 p.m., Monday, October 4, 2010

STAMFORD — The attorney for a JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee involved in whistle-blower lawsuit said despite the bank’s attempt to “trivialize” his client’s experience with the company, a judge should allow the case to move forward.

Lawyers engaged in the legal battle, which began in July, have continued to spar over the merit of the lawsuit and Greenwich residentKevin Dillon‘s claims that the financial giant was ignoring deceptive investment strategies by their hedge fund counterpart.

THE GREENWICH TIME

Neil Vigdor, Staff Writer
Updated 10:02 p.m., Thursday, October 27, 2011

With her credibility under attack by some of her former colleagues and members of the local political establishment, a whistle-blower who recently resigned from a town recruitment panel is standing by her claims that some fellow committee members made inappropriate remarks about minorities and certain socioeconomic classes during the group’s meetings.

The whistle-blower went so far as to hire lawyer Mark Sherman, who Thursday said his client was never interviewed by the town or asked to give a statement on the matter before resigning from the Selectmen’s Nominations Advisory Committee.