Archive

Court Rules Political-Firing Allegations Can Go to Trial

By Staff Report

Jul. 17, 2009

State workers in Connecticut who allege they were fired in 2003 for political reasons can take their case to trial, the state Supreme Court has ruled.


Four workers who allege that they and 2,800 other workers were fired because of their union status and their unions’ failure to support then-Gov. John Rowland brought the suit, Robert Conboy et al. v. State of Connecticut.


The state had argued that the terminations were due to a fiscal crisis and sought dismissal of the case on the basis of sovereign immunity, according to the ruling.


In a Wednesday, July 15, decision that upheld a lower court ruling, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled unanimously that dismissing the case now would be premature.


“Under the facts of this case, it is likely that a determination of the state’s motivation cannot be made until there is a full trial on the merits of the action,” the court said in the decision.


At best, documents presented by the state to support its position are insufficient to refute the plaintiffs’ charge that the workers were terminated “in retaliation for their engaging in constitutionally protected activities,” according to the court’s ruling.



Filed by Judy Greenwald of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail editors@workforce.com.


Workforce Management’s online news feed is now available via Twitter


About Workforce.com

blog workforce

We build robust scheduling & attendance software for businesses with 500+ frontline workers. With custom BI reporting and demand-driven scheduling, we help our customers reduce labor spend and increase profitability across their business. It's as simple as that.

Book a call
See the software

Related Articles

workforce blog

Employee Engagement

12 practical employee appreciation ideas for better engagement and retention

Summary Showing appreciation to your employees improves engagement and retention. There are 12 practica...

employee appreciation, engagement, HR, raccoons

workforce blog

Compliance

California fast food workers bill: why it’s more than meets the eye and how to prepare

Summary: California signs bill establishing a “fast food council” that has the power to raise the indus...

workforce blog

Employee Engagement

7 statistics on employee turnover in 2022 every HR manager should be aware of

Summary July 2022 saw 5.9 million total separations – More Replacing a full-time employee can cost up t...

employee retention, employee turnover