New Haven attorney Nina Pirrotti said she gets great joy from representing alleged victims of workplace harassment and discrimination, but said wanting to get involved and make a difference came about at an early age.

“In the third grade, I passed around a petition at my school in response to the school’s policy permitting only boys to carry the flag at assembly,” Pirrotti said. “When I was 16 and worked at a summer job as a telemarketer, I arranged to meet with the vice president of the company to report a supervisor who treated her Black employees less favorably than her white employees.”