Former Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne at a 2016 public appearance during his final term in office. (Courant File Photo)

Bristol To Pay $250,000 In Sex Harassment Suit Against Former Mayor Ken Cockayne

Hartford Courant, Don Stacom October 3, 2018 The city has agreed to pay $250,000 to a female employee who accused former Mayor Ken Cockayne of sexually harassing her. The payout will settle a federal lawsuit by Noelle Bates, who also contended that Bristol’s former personnel director and city attorney tried to squelch her complaints. Bates alleged a pattern…

Yosif Bakhit Recognized as Courageous Plaintiff at National Employment Lawyers Conference

Yosif Bakhit was a black Muslim Sudanese immigrant who was granted political asylum in the United States after he fled his native country, Sudan. Bakhit was a high school student who had been arrested and beaten several times as a result of his political opposition to the ongoing civil war in the Sudan. He came to the United States in 2000. When he came to the United States, he spoke very little English and had no money. He was homeless for a period of time. He got a job, learned English and ended up in Bridgeport Connecticut. Yosif became a United States citizen in 2011.

Ex-Stamford language leader sues schools claiming retaliation

The former head of the public schools’ English Language Learners program says the district retaliated against her for uncovering problems that led to a Department of Justice investigation, a suit she filed against the city’s school system alleges.

Kristina Lawson alleges that Hamilton and others in the district punished and ultimately demoted her after she raised concerns that the district was over-reporting the number of ELL-eligible students and misallocating program funds. She oversaw the program from July 2010 until January 2013.