Wilson v. Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
A plaintiff who files an appeal from a decision of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities may be required to file the appeal within 45 days, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §4-183, and a late-filed motion for reconsideration will not extend the appeals period. The plaintiff, Andrea Wilson, filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities against Chief Justice Chase Rogers and the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and alleged that she was subjected to discrimination in her workplace. On June 17, 2011, the CHRO sent a final decision to the plaintiff. On Sept. 22, the plaintiff filed a request for a fee waiver. On Sept. 29, the plaintiff filed the appeal. On Oct. 12, the plaintiff served a copy of her appeal on the CHRO. Even if the court construed Sept. 22 as the date of the plaintiff’s appeal, that was more than 45 days after the CHRO sent the final decision to the plaintiff. The plaintiff was required to file the appeal within 45 days, pursuant to C.G.S. §4-183. Although the plaintiff requested reconsideration by the CHRO, that motion was filed late and did not extend the 45-day appeals period. The Superior Court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction over the plaintiff’s appeal from the CHRO, because the appeal was not filed timely. The court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss.