In Connecticut, an employer may not terminate your employment for a reason that violates “an important public policy of the State of Connecticut.” This is an exception to the doctrine of “at-will” employment – – the general principle that an employer can terminate an “at-will” employee for any reason, as long as that reason is not illegal. In order to demonstrate that you have been wrongfully discharged by your employer, you need to be able to demonstrate that you engaged in some activity or conduct that furthers an important public policy of the State of Connecticut, or that you opposed conduct by your employer because you felt that it was contrary to an important public policy of the State of Connecticut.
For example, if you expressed opposition to practices by your employer that you believed to be fraudulent, or in violation of a statute or regulation, and you could demonstrate that your employer terminated your employment because you opposed its perceived unlawful practices, then you would be able prove a claim for wrongful discharge.
If you feel that your rights have been violated by your employer, it is important to contact an attorney at once to ensure that your rights are adequately protected. Failure to complain about the unlawful conduct of your employer within certain deadlines can negate your right to take action.