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.
In Connecticut, we must make a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) within 180 days. You can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) within 300 days, though I would not recommend the EEOC filing unless you are past the 180 days for the CHRO. My reasoning for that is a topic for another day!
However, the public outcry has reached the ears of the Connecticut General Assembly. Senate Bill 132 proposes to increase the filing to 3 years from the date of the alleged act that occurs after October 1, 2018. The good news is that this would increase the statute of limitations for any form of discrimination in employment including age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation and others. The "Time's Up Act" includes many other provisions that will be helpful to individuals who have faced discrimination.
If you have been a victim of sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination in the workplace please contact Employee Advocates, LLC as soon as possible for a free telephone consultation.
In the meantime, you can check out Senate Bill 132 to see the proposed changes here.