Section 31-379 of the Connecticut General Statutes prohibits
reprisals, in any form, against public sector employees who
exercise rights under the Connecticut Occupational Safety and
Health Act of 1973 (Public Act 73-379).
In accordance with Public Act No. 99-146, Section 31-379
is as follows:
An Act Concerning Whistleblower Protection for Health and
a. No person shall discharge, discipline, penalize or in
any manner discriminate against any employee (1) because such employee has filed
any complaint or instituted or caused to be instituted any proceeding under or
related to this chapter, (2) because such employee has testified or is about to
testify in any such proceeding, or (3) because of the exercise by such employee
on behalf of such employee or others of any right afforded by this chapter.
b. Any employee who believes that such employee has been
discharged, disciplined, penalized or otherwise discriminated against by any
person in violation of subsection (a) of this section may, not later than one
hundred eighty days after such violation occurs, file a complaint with the
commissioner alleging such violation. Upon receipt of such complaint the
commissioner shall hold a hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter
c. The commissioner may award an aggrieved employee all
appropriate relief, including rehiring or reinstatement of the employee to the
employee’s former position, back pay and reestablishment of any employee
benefits to which the employee would otherwise have been eligible if such
violation had not occurred. The commissioner shall award a prevailing employee
such employee’s costs, together with reasonable attorneys’ fees to be determined
by the commissioner.
d. Any party aggrieved by the commissioner’s decision
under subsection (c) of this section may appeal the decision to the Superior
Court in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.