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Employment Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Booth, George


AC43420 - Hartford v. Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (Employment discrimination; whether trial court properly upheld decision of defendant Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities that employee had proven intentional discrimination based on ancestry by plaintiff employer; "The plaintiff, City of Hartford Police Department (city), appeals from the judgment of the trial court affirming a decision of the named defendant, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (commission), which concluded that the city had discriminated against the defendant Khoa Phan on the basis of his Asian and Vietnamese ancestry by terminating Phan's employment as a probationary police officer. The primary issue on appeal is whether the trial court improperly concluded that substantial evidence supported the commission's determination that the city intentionally had discriminated against Phan. We conclude that the substantial evidence in the record does not support a determination of intentional discrimination by the city and, accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the trial court.")