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My question is labor related. This past February I was notified that my position was being eliminated. I was presented with a seperation agreement which I decided not to sign. My employer gave me 4 weeks severance pay. I received a "pink slip" that stated the reason was due to no work. I am a 56 year old female with 25 years of service. My reviews have always been fine. Recently a new position has been posted with the description sounding like mine but with a new very similar title. I can tell you that my perception was that my director did not care for me. disturbs me that an action like this can occur with out a fair reason. You thoughts please.
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I worked for a Hospital in the Business office as a Manager.

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Connecticut is an at-will employment state. This means that, absent a contract or (sometimes) a company policy to the contrary, an employee may typically be terminated at any time for any reason or for no reason. Absent a contract or (sometimes) a policy, an employer doesn't have to have a good reason to terminate an employee, regardless of years of experience and employment. Unfortunately, good reasons for termination are only necessary in states that recognize the duty of good faith and fair dealing in at-will employment. Connecticut does not recognize that duty.

However, you mentioned your age and your gender. If you believe either of those issues motivated the termination, you may have a basis to file a discrimination charge. However, it is necessary to show more than age or gender differences. It's necessary to show that your membership with a protected class motivated the termination. The fact that the employer told you the position was being eliminated, even though the employer relisted the position later, could potentially be useful as circumstantial evidence to that effect. Company polices, memos, statements, etc. could also be helpful in that regard.

Filing deadlines are short and strict. The filing deadline with the EEOC, for instance, is 180 days. Accordingly, you will want to immediately take the matter to your attorney so that he can help you evaluate whether or not you wish to file a charge with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities or the EEOC.



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