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Connecticut Ranks 46th

EAST HARTFORD – The new study by Arthur Laffer and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the latest independent assessment reaching the same conclusion: Connecticut’s economy is among the very worst in the nation. In the annual “Rich States, Poor States” study, Connecticut ranks 46th in the nation in ...

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Are hostile work environment claims contributing to Connecticut’s hostile business environment?

An employee can voluntarily separate from their employer and still receive unemployment benefits if the cause of separation was due to, among other things, a “hostile work environment.” So what constitutes a hostile work environment and what does the Connecticut Department of Labor use to determine whether or not such an environment exists? Legally, a hostile work environment must be “permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the victim's employment and create an abusive working environment,” according to precedent set by the decision Brittel v. Department of Correction.

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