Supreme Court Year In Review

Supreme Court Business Law: Harsh Words And Broken Leases

Hostile workplace ruling leads list of key business cases

The most significant business law case of the year received a great deal of publicity in both the legal and popular press. In Patino v. Birken Manufacturing Company, 304 Conn. 679 (2012), an opinion authored by Chief Justice Chase Rogers, the Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously held that Connecticut General Statute § 46a-81c (1) creates a cause of action for hostile work environment claims where employees are subjected to discrimination and harassment based on their sexual orientation. This decision deserves attention from executives and human resource personnel at all businesses, including in the manufacturing environment.

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