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         19 Mitchell Ave, 2nd Floor
            Waterbury, CT 06710

           Phone: (203) 982-8396
               Fax: (203) 413-2925







EMPLOYMENT LAW
  


DISCRIMINATION

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, age, or disability. Regardless of whether you were fired, quit, resigned, or were laid off, discrimination is illegal if it is based on one's status in a protected class.

Under Connecticut Law, before you can sue for discrimination in Court you must first file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO). The CHRO has a “worked-sharing agreement” with the federal administrative agency the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which means the agencies cooperate with each other to process claims under both federal and state law. Filing a claim with both agencies is unnecessary, as long as you indicate to CHRO that you want it to “cross-file” the claim with the EEO.

If you wish to file a claim with the CHRO, do not delay. You must file your claim with the CHRO within a 180 days from from the date you believe you were discriminated against. Attorney McEntee is available for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be reached for a free consultation at (203) 982-8396.





UNEMPLOYMENT

Unless your reason for separation from your former employment meets certain narrowly crafted criteria, your former employer must pay you unemployment benefits. In some cases you may be eligible for unemployment benefits even if you were quit or were fired.

The  amount of unemployment benefits you will receive are determined by a formula developed by the Connecticut Department of Labor. Wages are drawn from a one-year period, divided into four quarters, to calculate eligibility. This one-year period is called the Base Period. By law, neither the quarter in which your claim is initiated nor the calendar quarter immediately proceeding that quarter can be used in calculating your base period. Therefore, the Base Period normally will be the first four of the last five previously-completed calendar quarters.

The two highest of the four calendar quarters that make up your Base Period are used to determine your Weekly Benefit Rate. The average of the gross wages received in the two highest quarters is divided by 26. If wages are only received in one quarter, that quarter plus zero is averaged and divided by 26. 

Calculating the amount of unemployment benefits you are eligible for can be intricate and complex.
If you have received a severance package from your former employer or if you have received  a payout from your retirement account it will directly effect how much you can receive in unemployment. Attorney McEntee is available for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Attorney McEntee can be reached for a free consultation at (203) 982-8396.




UNEMPLOYMENT APPEALS

If the Connecticut Department of Labor determines that you are eligible for unemployment benefits, your former employer has the right to appeal this decision. If your former employer is successful, you can be ordered to pay back every cent you have received in unemployment benefits or face heavy fines or possibly even incarceration. This is true even though you may not be working. The consequences of losing your right to unemployment benefits on appeal are extremely high. It is important that you have a competent, intelligent, and experienced attorney advocating on your behalf. Attorney McEntee is available for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be reached for a free consultation at (203) 982-8396.




The information on this Law Office of Bryan McEntee Website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this or associated pages, documents,  comments, answers,  e-mails, or other communications should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. Information on this website is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute or create, an attorney-client relationship. There is no Attorney-Client relationship created without a signed retainer agreement.  Attorney cannot  guarantee any particular outcome. Client is responsible for paying all costs and expenses.  

Waterbury photographs of the Clock Tower at Union Station and Carrie Welton Fountain copyright Daniel M. Lynch. Used with Permission.

 

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