Section 31-290a of the Workers’ Compensation Act prohibits employers from discharging, or in any way discriminating against, any employee because the employee has filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits or otherwise exercised his or her rights under the Act.
Any employee who claims to have been so discharged or so discriminated against may either (1) bring a civil action in the superior court for the judicial district where the employer has its principal office or (2) file a complaint with the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) Chairman alleging violation of section 31-290a. Upon receiving such a complaint, the WCC Chairman shall select a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner to hear the complaint in the WCC District Office having jurisdiction over the location of the employer’s principal office.
If a Commissioner finds that the employee was wrongfully discharged or discriminated against, he or she may award job reinstatement, payment of back wages, and reestablishment of employee benefits to which the employee otherwise would have been eligible if he or she had not been discharged or discriminated against, as well as reasonable attorney’s fees.
To file a Discrimination Complaint under Section 31-290a, you may send your complaint to:
John A. Mastropietro, Chairman
Workers’ Compensation Commission
21 Oak Street
Hartford, CT 06106
In your complaint, make sure that you include (1) your name and address, (2) the name and address of your employer, (3) the date of your injury or illness, and (4) the date and nature of the alleged discharge or discrimination.
The WCC Chairman will see that a hearing is scheduled for you before one of the Commissioners.
State of Connecticut
Workers' Compensation Commission
Page last revised: May 21, 2001
Page URL: http://wcc.state.ct.us/gen-info/if-injured/losejob.htm