TIME’S UP ACT: Sexual Harassment

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To combat sexual harassment in the workplace, the focus is on training and notification to employees regarding sexual harassment policies and procedures.

Employers with three or more employees must provide 2 hours of training and education to all employees including information concerning the federal and state statutory and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment.

Free Sexual Harassment Prevention Online Training is now available on the State of CT website. Click on Sexual harassment. 

Employers with three or more employees must notify their employees within three months of hire, via email, of their sexual harassment policy.

Employers of any size, must provide 2 hour sexual harassment training to supervisors. 

What is Sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. §46a-60(b)(8) as any unwelcome sexual advances or request for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when: 

A. Submission to such conduct is made wither explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;

B. Submission to or refection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or,

C. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

What options do you have if you are being sexually harassed at work?

If you are sexually harassed at work, ask the harasser to stop.  Preferably with a witness who will tell the truth that on a date, place ant time you told the harasser to stop. Look at your company policies to see who to report to.  If you do not have a company policy, tell your immediate supervisor, both orally and follow up with it in writing. If your company has a human resources department, communicate with that department, again in writing.  If you belong to a union, tell your union representative in writing. File a complaint with the CHRO or with the EEOC. If the harassment occurred prior to October 1, 2019, you have 180 days to file a complaint with the CHRO.  If the harassment occurred after October 1, 2019, you have 300 days to file. If you need a lawyer, call us at Ferrylaw for help.   1-833 FERRYLAW.

Ferrylaw is passionate about helping victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents

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Ferrylaw is entering its 27th year helping injury victims of negligently operated trucks, motorcycles and cars obtain justice. We have helped the injured obtain compensation and provide helpful counsel for stress reduction and mindfulness to our injury victims.

Ferrylaw is committed to helping our clients heal in mind, body and spirit. There are more trucks on the road than ever, and truck cases require an experienced and determined trial attorney. A general practitioner or an attorney who settles personal injury cases but doesn’t take cases to trial is not the way to go with a trucking case or catastrophic injury case.

Ferrylaw has obtained some of the highest verdicts in the state in truck cases using experience and expertise developed over nearly three decades of helping the little guy take on Goliath. We enjoy the challenge and love taking money from those who are greedily trying to hold onto our client’s compensation.

Contact Ferrylaw today if you are a victim of a truck, car, or motorcycle accident.

Occupational Lung Disease

This group of work-related injury compensable under workers’ compensation in Connecticut include occupational asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiolitis obliterans, inhalation injury, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and infections. Most lung related work injuries occur within State Government in Connecticut, local government jobs were next highest and utilities third highest. While just 6% of workers’ compensation cases are lung related, the toll that lung injuries take on the body is immense. Medications are very expensive and damage the body over time.

Lung injuries are a particular interest at Ferry Law because Ferry Law understands the connection to our mind, body and soul comes from our breath. Attorney Ferry has been a Yogi for nearly 20 years and has extensively practiced many forms of breath work and meditation centered on following the breath. At Ferry Law we are well equipped to help you with your lung disease case whether in the Workers’ Compensation Commission or in Superior Court.

Lung related allergies may come from mold, pigeon droppings, cat dander, diesel fumes, ammonia bicarbonate, latex, 3 leach, adhesive remover, coolant, kerosene, floor stripping chemicals, and wall paper remover.

It is important to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer to understand time limitations involved with filing a workers’ compensation claim as well as all the benefits you are entitled to if your lung disease claim is causally related to your work. Ferry Law provides a free consultation for all workers’ compensation cases and injury claims. Contact 833-FerryLaw for a free consultation for your case.

Car, Truck, Motorcycle Accident Amputations Are Becoming a Growing Trend

If you or someone you know has had a body part amputated due to someone else’s negligence, please contact an attorney at our Connecticut personal injury office right away. Amputees are becoming a growing population due to severe impacts that occur from distracted motorists failing to pay attention to motorcyclists, pedestrians and others traveling along our busy Connecticut roadways. There are 185,000 new lower extremity amputations each year just within the United States, with an estimated 2 million American amputees. It is projected that the amputee population will more than double by the year 2050. (Source: AdvancedAmputees.com)

Ferry Law handled a case involving a truck versus motorcycle accident in which a helmeted motorcyclist became pinned with his right leg under an 18-wheel truck (owned by a major office supply distributor) after the truck made an improper left turn directly in front of the path he was traveling.

Our client sustained significant injuries including: post traumatic amputation of the right leg secondary to motor vehicle accident; fracture L3; fracture right clavicle, first and second ribs; intracranial punctate bleeds times two; and degloving laceration left thigh and left calf. He also suffered from right leg amputation of 95% below the knee. His injuries required immediate surgery and amputation of the right lower leg. Our office brought claims on behalf of the motorcyclist, his wife for loss of consortium and his three minor children for familial consortium claims based on a recent change in the law allowing loss of consortium claims to be brought by minor children. We settled very quickly with the at-fault party, without having to file a formal lawsuit, for its policy limits of $1,000,000 plus umbrella and excess insurance totaling in excess of $3,000,000.

Please not that there are services available to help amputees:

Hangar Prosthetics provides products and services, including prosthetic devices: WWW.hanger.com

Amputee Coalition provides a number of helpful resources to amputees including education, services and support: https:l/www.amputee-coalition.org

And as always, the personal injury attorneys at Ferry Law are here to help you get through a most difficult and life-changing transition. Please call us, 833-FerryLaw.

Accident Attorneys of FerryLaw to Sponsor Race in the Park 2019

Personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys of FerryLaw are once again a proud sponsor of the CT Breast Health Initiative Race in the Park. Join us On Saturday, May 11, in Walnut Hill Park (right across from our office). Come cheer on our running team, say hello to us at our booth, and take home a packet of seeds to get your garden started! We are thrilled to support this race, and all funds raised stay in CT to raise awareness and help find a cure for this terrible disease.

FerryLaw Open House

Join us on Friday, March 15, to see our newly renovated space that allows for more conference, file storage and office space. We also have room for yoga and mindfulness practices.

Ethical Rules for Discharged Lawyers-Seems There are None

In a stunning decision by our Statewide Grievance Committee as a result of my first ever grievance filed against an Attorney, I learned that our ethical rules prohibiting a discharged lawyer from contacting his former client do not apply as long as the discharged lawyer claims he was confused and uncertain he had been fired.

The facts of my case are as follows: The discharged lawyer received a letter from me and another from my client, which politely informed him that his client had switched teams and that no further communication with the client should take place. Can you see how confused the discharged lawyer must have been? As if hit by a stun gun from the Star Trek Enterprise, discharged lawyer makes multiple phone calls and speaks with client once…also contacts client’s parents to put more pressure on the young 19 year old to reconsider his decision to discharge the Big Box law firm. In addition to the phone calls, he emails his former client and includes an email from me which he lifted off of the CTLA list serve in violation of our rules of usage for our list serve site. Seems as if this lawyer is certain to be sanctioned by the grievance panel. After all, he has been found to have violated our ethical rules twice already and as a repeat offender, not likely to qualify for the slap on the wrist treatment.

The esteemed reviewing committee who heard the case in Bridgeport found there was no probable cause and dismissed the complaint. However, it did in fact find that he contacted his former client, and it did in fact find that he attempted to win back the client. Its reasoning hinged on the claim the discharged lawyer made that he was confused over being discharged because he was such the right man for the job since he knew the client and his family for years and he had intimate knowledge of the client’s soccer career.

What is the upshot of this decision? As I see it, we are in the wild, wild west. Fake some sort of confusion, call the client, write to the client, beg the client to come back and forget about our ethical rules because those pesky things just get in the way of good old aggressive used car salesman tactics of keeping your customer. A terrible decision. Childish and tortured reasoning.

We need lawyers on the Grievance Committee that actually believe in Rules of Ethics and will uphold them.

FerryLaw is a Proud Sponsor: 6th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain

6th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain
Friday, February 15, 2019

Beat the winter blues and join us for the tasting event of the season! Sample and sip craft beers and enjoy the Museum’s galleries at our 6th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain! The Museum gives thanks to Hartford Distributors for lining up this year’s list of distinguished breweries that will be sure to please every type of beer fan.
Each guest will receive a souvenir NBMAA Craft Sippin’ tasting glass upon entry for unlimited 2 oz. tastings of beer.

This event is generously supported by Ferry Law and Green Man Tattoo.

Participating Breweries
(as of January 30, 2019)
Alvarium Beer Company
Athletic Brewing Co.
Back East Brewing Company
City Steam Brewery
Founders Brewing Co.
Hog River Brewing
Kinsmen Brewing
Labyrinth Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Relic Brewing Co.
Willimantic Brewing Company
Participating Restaurants
(as of January 30, 2019)
Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ
Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Slider 5$
Brisket Chili 6$
Side of Mac and Cheese 4$

Martin Rosol’s Meats

Registration and Ticket Purchasing at nbmaa.org

Admission
$30 Members
$35 non-Members
$20 designated drivers
$5 cash bar

Yoga and Mindfulness for Our Clients

We believe that being injured in an accident or as the result of negligence is one of the most stressful things anyone can experience. That’s why we offer a FREE Yoga Session to any client who would like to learn how to feel better physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Leslie Gordon, our staff Yoga Teacher, is on call for any of our clients who feel they would like to explore how yoga and mindfulness can help them. She can help you feel better, and it is easier than you think. Yoga is for Every Body. Let us show you. If you are a client at FerryLaw, please contact us. Check out Leslie at her website, www.lesliegordonyoga.com.

FerryLaw Holiday Toy Collection

FerryLaw is teaming up with the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to collect toys for children at CCMC. Please consider dropping by the office to say hello and to bring a new, unwrapped toy. Items are especially needed for teens and infants.

Here is a link to the CCMC website with some basic guidelines for the donations:  https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/support-us/donate-toys/

Thank you for joining us in spreading cheer to children at CCMC this holiday season.

Donations are needed by December 18.