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General Assembly



February Session, 2016

LCO No. 5016



Offered by:


SEN. COLEMAN, 2nd Dist.


To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 468

File No. 639

Cal. No. 412


After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 46a-86 of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):

(a) If, upon all the evidence presented at the hearing conducted pursuant to section 46a-84, the presiding officer finds that a respondent has engaged in any discriminatory practice, the presiding officer shall make written findings of fact and file with the commission and serve on the complainant and respondent an order requiring the respondent to cease and desist from the discriminatory practice and to take such affirmative action as is necessary to achieve the purpose of this chapter and redress any injury of the complainant resulting from the discriminatory practice.

(b) In addition to any other action taken under this section, upon a finding of a discriminatory employment practice, the presiding officer may order the hiring or reinstatement of any individual, with or without back pay, or restoration to membership in any respondent labor organization, may award any other costs actually incurred by the complainant as a result of such discriminatory employment practice and may allow reasonable attorney's fees and costs. The amount of attorney's fees allowed shall not be contingent upon the amount of damages requested by or awarded to the complainant. Liability for back pay shall not accrue from a date more than two years prior to the filing or issuance of the complaint. Interim earnings, including unemployment compensation and welfare assistance or amounts which could have been earned with reasonable diligence on the part of the person to whom back pay is awarded shall be deducted from the amount of back pay to which such person is otherwise entitled. The amount of any deduction for interim unemployment compensation or welfare assistance shall be paid by the respondent to the commission which shall transfer such amount to the appropriate state or local agency. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

October 1, 2016

46a-86(a) and (b)