The takeaway for employment attorneys in a work discrimination claim that the Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed in favor of the defendant Hartford Board of Education is to never assume it’s clear what type of medical leave your client is taking, according to employment law experts.

“If you are an employment law attorney with a client taking leave, you better make sure that client is explicit in the type of leave he or she is taking,” said employment law attorney Patrick Boyd, founding partner of Boyd Law Group in Stamford. “Individual employees should be explicit in the type of leave they are taking and to put it in writing and the employment law attorney should make sure their client is specific about that type of leave.” Boyd is not involved in the litigation at hand.