Both state and federal laws impose obligations on employers not to discriminate against their employees based on sex, age, religion, and national origin. In addition, employers and employees may have rights created by express and implied contracts between them. Lawyers at Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff, LLC have represented both employers and employees in a broad array of employment disputes, including wrongful discharge, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, age discrimination and, breach of express and implied employment. HSSK attorneys have advised both employers and employees in preparing and negotiating employment agreements and separation agreements and have represented employees in class actions, alleging violating of wage and hour laws.
Matters concerning employment disputes in which attorneys at HSSK have been involved include:
- Represented a publicly held company in an action by its former President for the alleged breach of his termination agreement with the company.
- Represented a software development company and its directors in an action by its former President, asserting individual and derivative claims for breach of his employment agreement.
- Represented a major law firm in a retaliatory discharge claim brought by a former employee. See Venterina v. Cummings & Lockwood, 117 F.Supp.2d 114 (D.Conn. 1999).
- Co-counsel representing defendant employer in wrongful discharge action where employee had been terminated for secretly recording a conversation with superiors. See Heller v. Champion International, Inc., 891 F.2d 432 (2d Cir. 1989).
- Represented publicly held company in action by former employee claiming breach of an implied employment contract.
- Represented President of Connecticut manufacturing company in action alleging sexual harassment.
- Represented principal of insurance brokerage firm in federal action alleging sexual harassment.
- Co-counsel representing a large, publicly held corporation in action by former employee who alleged that he had been terminated in retaliation for refusing to cover up irregularities in tax reporting.
- Represented the President of a trade association in action alleging sexual harassment.
- Drafted non-disclosure and non-compete agreements with employers for Connecticut manufacturing company.