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  • Westport Office

    Address

    155 Post Road East
    Suite 11
    Westport, Connecticut 06880

    Phone

    203-226-9922

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0

    I found myself in one of the worst employment situations that I have ever been in. I was getting bullied and harassed and after going to human resources twice I felt that I had no where else to go. After sitting down and talking to Attorney...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    I cannot say enough great things about Attorney Pate. He was not only courteous and professional to me but very intelligent in dealing with employer. He not only demonstrated skill and professionalism while handling my case but showed extra...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    . In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. My company investigated the incident, and it seemed to have been resolved. Six months later, my company took what I believed to b...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Attorney Pate was very professional yet personable. He was available to speak every time I called and carefully listened to my concerns. And resolved them. He was excellent.

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    In September, 2016, I contacted Atty. Pate regarding an incident I considered to be age discrimination in my workplace. In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. I did so. ...
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Wrongful Termination

Losing a job can have devastating consequences for you and your family. When the firing violates the law or a contractual agreement, prompt legal action is necessary to obtain appropriate relief.  We have extensive knowledge of the federal and Connecticut laws that govern relationships between workers and employers. If you've been dismissed from your job and suspect that something improper or illegal occurred, my firm offers the highest levels of legal representation and service.

In many cases, employers seek to use at-will employment rules to protect themselves from legal liability. This doctrine allows a business to fire workers without providing any justification. However, certain types of dismissals are prohibited under law.  We represent Connecticut workers in wrongful termination cases involving:

  • Discrimination — A firing cannot be based on an employee's membership in a legally protected group. I am a strong advocate in matters involving discriminatory firings that arise from a worker's age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, disability or other characteristics outlined in federal statutes. I can also advise you of claims that might exist under state law.
  • Retaliation — Employees should never be punished for reporting illegal conduct or dangerous conditions at their workplace. If you're a whistleblower who has been fired,
    I will investigate if any connection exists between your report and your termination. I can uncover the true motivation for a dismissal even if your employer tries to invent another reason for your firing.
  • Contractual violations — Whether an agreement covers an individual employee or a whole group of workers, companies must honor the provisions relating to termination. I will conduct a diligent review of the relevant contract and take action against your former employer if they failed to abide by the terms of the agreement when releasing you.