Top-Rated West Hartford Employment Lawyers Serving Communities Throughout Connecticut
At Stanger Stanfield Law, our West Hartford employment law attorneys have been serving employees and employers with legal issues in Connecticut for many years.
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Learn more about employment and the types of cases we handle by watching the video below:
Employment Law Video Transcript
At Stanger Stanfield Law, our Connecticut employment attorneys have decades of experience and we are here to help you.
Employees have various rights in the workplace. We’ve represented clients in the following types of cases where these rights were violated:
- Discrimination: Employers cannot treat employees unfavorably based on race, color, gender, religion, age, disability, or national origin.
- Sexual harassment: It’s unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s sexual orientation or gender. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
- Wrongful termination: Even though Connecticut is an “at will” employment state, where employers can dismiss a worker for any reason and without warning, there are exceptions. For example, it’s a violation of state and federal law to retaliate against an employee who files a charge of discrimination or blows the whistle on a business practice that the employee believes is illegal or unethical.
If employees or employers delay contacting a Connecticut employment attorney, they may lose their rights.
Our legal team at Stanger Stanfield Law is skilled in resolving employment disputes often before they escalate. We have assisted our clients with the following to minimize damages before they occur:
- Reviewing employee manuals and handbooks
- Conducting investigations to determine if the employer is violating the rights of its employees
- Conducting policy and personnel
reviews and audits;
- Litigating claims in state and federal courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts
- Conducting mediations, negotiations and arbitrations.
Remember, you should act quickly when it comes to employment law issues.
Our Connecticut employment lawyers at Stanger Stanfield Law will protect your rights and best interests.
Send us an online message or call us at 877-STANGER to schedule a confidential consultation today.
Our Mission as CT Employment Law Attorneys
We are committed to providing our clients with the sophisticated, effective legal representation needed to protect their rights. We will also help them find the best solution. No matter the specific nature of your case, our legal team is here to help.
To schedule a strictly confidential employment law consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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Legal Representation for Employees in Connecticut
Whether you are an office employee who feels wronged or a manufacturer who is trying to prevent a lawsuit, we can help.
Our West Hartford employment law attorneys represent workers in the full range of cases. We have a comprehensive knowledge of all relevant federal, state, and local employment regulations, and we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and your interests. Among other cases, our Connecticut employment attorneys have many years of proven experience representing clients with claims related to:
Employees should be judged on their performance, not on arbitrary or immutable characteristics. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination remains far too common in Connecticut. State and Federal regulations strictly prohibit discrimination on the basis of a protected characteristic.
Some of the most important anti-discrimination laws include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978;
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and
- The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act.
Discrimination occurs when adverse employment action — termination, denial of a promotion, facing disciplinary action, etc. — is based, at least in part, on a discriminatory motive.
If you believe that you were discriminated against based on your race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, pregnancy, or age, you should consult with an experienced Connecticut employment law attorney immediately.
Your legal rights must be protected and you only have a limited amount of time to take action. Our attorneys will review your case and determine the steps that you need to take to protect your rights.
No employee should have to deal with sexual harassment while on the job in Connecticut. Sexual harassment is a form of gender-based discrimination under U.S. law. It is a violation of an employee’s rights under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act.
Sexual harassment can come in a wide range of different forms. In some cases, workers face ‘quid pro quo’ sexual harassment, where job-related benefits are offered in exchange for sexual favors. This type of offer may be direct and explicit, or it may be more subtle.
In other cases, workers face unwanted sexual advances and, potentially, retaliation for rejecting a sexual advance by a supervisor or a coworker. Companies in Connecticut can be held legally liable for sexual harassment that occurs at their workplace.
If you were a victim of workplace sexual harassment in West Hartford or any of the surrounding areas, please contact our legal team for immediate assistance.
Connecticut is an ‘at will’ employment state. This means that employers retain broad discretion over staff-related decisions. Typically, a company can terminate a worker for almost any reason — the law does not judge the general wisdom of a company’s personnel choices.
However, there are very important exceptions to these general rules. Employers in Connecticut cannot fire or constructively discharge a worker for an unlawful reason or in breach of a contract.
If you were fired for an unlawful reason — discrimination, reporting sexual misconduct, refusing to participate in illegal activity, blowing the whistle, etc. — you may have been the victim of wrongful termination. You should speak to an experienced West Hartford wrongful termination attorney right away.
Hostile Work Environment
Federal and state workplace regulations protect employees from facing ‘hostile’ conditions on the job. A hostile work environment occurs when an employee is made to feel unsafe or unwelcome due to discriminatory behavior by their supervisors or coworkers.
To be a hostile work environment under the law, the underlying misconduct must be based on a protected characteristic. For example, an employee facing sexually based comments or jokes from a supervisor may be the victim of a hostile work environment.
Race, national origin, disability, age, and sexual orientation may also all be the basis of a hostile work environment claim in Connecticut.
All workers should be able to exercise their labor and employment law rights without the fear of facing retribution from their supervisor or from their company.
Retaliation occurs when a company punishes an employee for engaging in a protected activity. For example, a worker has the right to report sexual harassment to a manager without facing any form of retribution. Companies cannot fire or demote worker who files such a complaint. Even if the company feels the complaint is largely baseless. Similarly, employees have the right to report suspected discrimination or to file a discrimination complaint without being punished for doing so.
If you or your loved one faced an adverse employment action after engaging in a protected activity, you need to take immediate action. Please contact an experienced Connecticut employment lawyer as soon as possible.
Employment Contracts and Employment Agreements
Our law firm is also available to handle cases related to business litigation and commercial dispute resolution. We assist companies and workers with employment contracts, employment agreements, and related disputes.
Whether you are in the process of negotiating, drafting, reviewing, or litigating an employment agreement, we are here to help. Our attorneys have experience with a broad array of employment contracts, from non-compete agreements and clauses to severance packages and confidentiality agreements.
We also represent employers and employees in breach of employment contract lawsuits. If you are in a dispute over the alleged breach of an employment agreement, please contact our West Hartford law office today.
Prevention of Lawsuits is Also Part of Our Legal Practice
In representing employers in Connecticut, our law firm works to prevent legal issues from arising in the first place. Oftentimes, our clients come to us for help to head off any potential employment matters before they become legal problems. Among other things, this can include:
- Advising companies on legal compliance;
- Drafting and reviewing employee manuals;
- Drafting and interpreting employment contracts;
- Conducting policy reviews;
- Conducting personnel reviews; and
- Representing employers in negotiation and arbitration.
By working together to prevent lawsuits from occurring in the first place, both the company owners and the workers benefit in the long run. If you or your company has questions or concerns about your employment practices, or if you are involved in the early stages of a dispute with an employee, it is crucial that you consult with a skilled attorney immediately.
With employment law cases, immediate action is critically important. Preventative action can help your business avoid facing risky, time-consuming litigation.
Get Help From Our West Hartford Employment Lawyers Today
At Stanger Stanfield Law, our Connecticut employment attorneys have the skills and experience to protect your rights and interests. If you or your company has questions about discrimination, sexual harassment, contracts, or a related work matters, or if you are involved in an employment dispute, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team today.
We offer confidential initial consultations and case evaluations. From our office in West Hartford, we serve clients throughout Connecticut. This includes Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, Tolland County, and Litchfield County.