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In this special issue of the Connecticut Law Tribune, experienced employment law practitioners from around the state tackle some of the most topical issues in the practice area, including the ramifications of political talk around the water cooler—which continues, even with the presidential election in the rearview mirror—as well as reasonable accommodations in the age of telecommuting and the state of sexual orientation discrimination law.


Take Care When Offering Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation
One of the thorniest legal issues facing employers today involves employee requests to telecommute. Read more


Contractually Shortening Employee Filing Periods for Workplace Claims
Connecticut employment attorneys can easily recite the operative filing periods for the most common claims of discrimination that stem from terminations: 180 days under Connecticut’s Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) and 300 days under applicable federal anti-discrimination laws (Title VII and ADA). Read more


When Water Cooler Talk Gets Political
There can be no doubt that the recent presidential election was extraordinarily divisive, causing real friction between even the closest friends and relatives. Read more


EEOC Updates Guidance on National Origin Discrimination
At the end of last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the first time in 14 years updated its Guidance on national origin discrimination. Read more


Sexual Orientation and Title VII Defining Sex Discrimination
No federal law expressly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, recent judicial trends have given credibility to the argument that such a prohibition exists within Title VII. Read more