Workplace Issue


What can I do if I’m being discriminated against or harassed at work?
No one should have to deal with workplace discrimination. If you’re being treated badly or harassed because of your age, race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, you may be able to sue your employer. However, don’t take any action such as quitting your job before consulting a Connecticut employment lawyer.

What if I was fired for a reason other than discrimination or retaliation?
Can I do anything?
Many employers have agreements that protect their right to fire employees. Depending on your circumstances, this may effect whether or not you can sue your employer if you’re fired. Talk to an employment lawyer to learn more about your particular case.

I made a report for illegal or immoral behavior and got fired. What can I do?
Employees who report unethical or illegal conduct are referred to as “whistleblowers,” and they are protected by the law. In some situations, you may also be entitled to compensation under the federal False Claims act. Be sure to consult with an attorney before taking action.

I qualify for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but my employer will not grant it. What can I do?
You may have a legal case if your rights under the FMLA have been violated, whether you were denied leave, fired, or refused for returning to work. Contact your Connecticut employment lawyer to figure out your options.

Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC Unemployment FAQs

When should I file a claim for unemployment compensation?
In most cases, you’re eligible for unemployment benefits when you’ve lost your job through no fault of your own. You should apply for unemployment compensation as soon as possible after you have stopped working.

Can I still get unemployment if I quit my job?
In some cases, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits after quitting your job if you can establish a “necessitous and compelling” reason that you quit. An experienced Connecticut unemployment attorney can help you determine whether you have a case.

Can I still get unemployment if I was fired?
Unemployment benefits are generally given to people who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own. However, if you were fired unfairly, you may be able to work with an attorney at your unemployment hearings to prove that you were not fired with cause.

What can I do if I’m disqualified from unemployment benefits?
If you are not approved for unemployment compensation, you can appeal the decision. For anyone who has already been denied unemployment benefits, it’s best to hire an attorney to help you with your appeal.

What is the difference between labor law and employment law?

Labor Law deals with the rights of employers, employees, and labor organizations. Both State and Federal labor laws guarantee employees “the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively, through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for their mutual aid or protection.” Labor Law generally addresses one of three different situations: (1) a union attempting to organize the employees of an employer and to get the employer to recognize it as the employees’ bargaining representative; (2) a union seeking to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with an employer; or (3) a union and an employer disagreeing on the interpretation and application of an existing contract between the two.

Employment Law is a body of law that governs all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including human resource issues, individual employment contracts, employee manuals/handbooks, compliance with statutory regulations, the application of tort and contract doctrines, discrimination, wage and hour issues as well as health and safety issues.