The Connecticut Human Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of race or color (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-51 et seq.). The law covers employers with three or more employees (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60). Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
• Refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
• Advertise employment opportunities in a manner that restricts employment so as to discriminate against any individual based on race or color.
• Discriminate against any individual with respect to his or her right to be admitted to or participate in a guidance program, an apprenticeship training program, on-the-job training program, or other occupational training or retraining program.
• Aid, abet, compel, or coerce any person to engage in any unlawful discriminatory practices under the Act, or to attempt to do so.
• Discharge or otherwise discriminate against any person because he or she has opposed any discriminatory employment practice, or because he or she has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under the Act.
Unpaid interns. Effective October 1, 2015, all employers, regardless of size, are prohibited from discriminating against unpaid interns on the basis of race or color.
Discrimination based on association. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that federal law prohibiting race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies when an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee because of the employee's association with a person of another race (Holcomb v. Iona College, No. 06-3815-cv (2nd Cir. ...