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Can My Employer Fire Me If I Legally Use Medical Marijuana?

We are getting a lot of questions about medical marijuana and how it affects employees in the work place. The good news is that if you're a Connecticut resident who has a legal Medical Marijuana card, your employer cannot fire, penalize, or discriminate against you because you qualify to use palliative marijuana. If you're applying for a new job, your potential employer cannot refuse to hire you because you have a Medical Marijuana card.

Workplace Sexual Harassment vs. Sexual Assault: What's the Difference?

With sexual assault and sexual harassment cases dominating the headlines, it's important to lay out the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. Though the two can be found in the same instance as sexual harassment can lead to assault, there are major differences in how they are handled.

Are You A Victim of Age Discrimination?

Are you an older employee who has been told you're "too slow," or you "need to catch up"? Have you been passed over for promotions that are given to younger employees even though you have more experience or seniority? Have you been terminated and feel it was due to your age? If so, you may have experienced age discrimination.

Sexual Harassment and Senate Bill 132: Time's Up Act

We have received a lot of calls regarding claims of sexual harassment in the workplace over the last six months. The publicity generated by the media reports has sparked a public debate. Some potential clients have complained that the statute of limitations to file sexual harassment/hostile work environment complaints is too short. I agree.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment has been all over the news for the last few months. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and speak out about unwanted and uninvited sexual situations that can and do affect a person's career. Here are just a few of my thoughts for everyday working people - those of us who are not involved with celebrities or public figures.

Family Law

Attorney Len McDermott has represented men and women in family law cases for over twenty years. Family law consists of divorce, custody, child support, alimony and distribution of marital assists. This is a painful, emotional time for many couples and often, their children. My approach has always been to protect your rights and provide compassionate, personalized service. I also urge my clients to consider the best interests of the children.

Personal Injury

Did you know that Employee Advocates, LLC also represents people in personal injury and accident cases? Attorney Len McDermott has twenty years of experience handling personal injury cases, in addition to all labor and employment issues. When you see the ads on TV for the big firms they fail to tell you that you will be one of hundreds of cases that will be represented by the newer, inexperienced attorneys or paralegals. For twenty-years we have represented injured people with no shouting, no TV ads; just proven results. If you want to be sure that your case will receive personal attention from an experienced lawyer, call us today.

LGBTQ Case Settled

We recently settled a case with the State of Connecticut for a couple where one of the spouses was discriminated against and fired due to their sexual orientation. Our client was sexually harassed by a female supervisor, and after filing a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), was retailed against and fired on a trumped up charge of insubordination. Our client also identifies as transgender.

How to Know if You've Been Wrongfully Terminated

I receive a lot of calls from potential clients who believe they have been wrongfully terminated from their jobs. In each case, the termination sounds unfair. The employer fires the person for no reason (cause) or fires them based on incorrect facts. A firing may be factually wrong, morally wrong, and/or legally wrong. In Connecticut, we have to decide whether the firing is legally wrong. Has some law or public policy been violated?

Do You Really Need a Lawyer for an Unemployment Appeal?

Many people read the literature sent out from the Unemployment office, which tells you that you don't need to have an attorney with you at an Appeals Hearing. It also informs you that if your benefits are denied after the Appeals Hearing, you will have other opportunities to appeal. I get a lot of calls from people who didn't hire an experienced lawyer for their Hearing because they think that there are two other chances to appeal. While it's true that you have the opportunity to appeal again if necessary, the Appeals Hearing before the Referee is your only opportunity to present evidence and testify.

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