An individual who is discharged may be required to prove she made reasonable attempts to mitigate damages by engaging in a job search and working for other employers. At a hearing in damages, the human rights referee found the following facts. In February 2007, Pelham Sloane Inc. hired Laura Pullicino as a supply chain manager, and she earned $1,114 gross per week. In October 2008, Pullicino was diagnosed with brain abnormalities and a lung mass that required radiation treatment. Pullicino informed Pelham Sloane, which discharged her. Pullicino worked part time, underwent two surgeries and obtained unemployment and Social Security disability benefits. Pullicino filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, alleging that she was discharged because she was diagnosed with cancer, in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §46a-60(a)(1). Pelham Sloane was defaulted. Pullicino did not prove she mitigated damages after December 2010. At a hearing in damages, Presiding Human Rights Referee Ellen Bromley ordered the respondent to pay $76,793 as back pay for the period between October 2008 and December 2010, plus interest of 10 percent, and to reimburse the state $44,729 for unemployment benefits. Bromley ordered Pelham Sloane to cease and desist from discriminating on the basis of disability.

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