On March 24, 2016, a Connecticut jury awarded the largest race discrimination verdict in either state or federal court in Connecticut – $3.4 million. The case, won by attorney Lewis Chimes, whose law office is in Stamford, involved Yosif Bakhit, a black Sudanese Muslim immigrant who was granted political asylum here.Details
The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of Distinguished Leader honors in the publication’s annual Professional Excellence Awards. The following attorneys were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel to be this year’s honorees, who will be celebrated at the annual Connecticut Legal Awards Dinner Oct. 3 at the Bond Room in Hartford:Details
An African-American Public Works employee is suing the department and his supervisor for allegedly creating a hostile work environment rampant with racist incidents and discriminatory language that targeted the employee for several years.Details
Greenwich unlawfully discriminated against five of the eight African-American and Latino police officers who sued the town three years ago, a federal jury ruled this week in a closely watched case.
Those five will share damage awards totaling $157,000, assuming the town does not appeal. A lawyer for the town said that decision had not yet been made.Details
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.Details
A federal jury Friday awarded more than $1.5 million each in punitive damages to two men who had filed discrimination and hostile work environment charges against a Bridgeport-based highway and road marking company.Details
United States Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that J&L MEDICAL SERVICES, LLC (“J&L MEDICAL”) has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments in which it will pay $600,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the federal and state False Claims Acts.Details
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.Details