Employment Law Articles

Employee Tattoos and Body Piercings

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            Employers generally have a right to enforce dress codes, as well as grooming and appearance standards. Such policies may limit or prohibit the display of tattoos and piercings. Courts have generally rejected employee complaints raising first amendment claims, or claims of physical appearance discrimination.

Job Offers May be Rescinded Under At-Will Doctrine

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            The Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed a lower court ruling that found the at-will doctrine applies to prospective employees whose offer of employment is withdrawn before their first day of work. Petitte v. DSL.NET, Inc., 102 Conn. App. 363 (2007).

Negative Employment References Receive Greater Protection

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            The Connecticut Supreme Court recently held that employers furnishing negative references will not be subject to liability for defamation, unless their statements were made with malice. Miron v. Univ. of New Haven Police Dept., Conn. Supreme Court, SC 17596 (Sept. 25, 2007). Susan Miron worked as a police officer at the University of New Haven. While employed by the University she applied for a position with the Glastonbury and Enfield police departments. As part of the application process she consented to having the University provide employment references to her prospective employers.

Video Resumes Raise New Legal Concerns

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            Video resumes are becoming more popular, especially among younger workers. In some cases a video resume is used in place of a paper version, while in others it is supplemental. A recent survey conducted by Vault Inc., a company providing online career information, found that a majority of employers would view video resumes as part of its hiring decision. Specifically, they stated a video would provide a better sense of the candidate’s experience, and permit them to gauge a person’s speaking ability, leadership, poise, eye contact, and charisma.

Careless Remarks Can Doom Otherwise Lawful Termination

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In a recent case handed down by the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, site an employer’s motion for summary judgment was denied because of careless comments made by supervisors prior to and during a discharge meeting. Dupee v. Klaff’s Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81592 (Nov. 8, 2006). A security guard employed by Klaff’s was injured in an on the job motor vehicle accident. Following his injury he missed approximately one month of work and continued to be absent periodically for medical treatment. All time off was covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act. He was terminated about one year after the accident for alleged poor performance, including failures to report off when absent.


 

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