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William C. Ruggiero

Associate Stamford

Clients consider Will a trusted resource for help navigating a wide array of labor and employment related challenges and disputes. Will’s experience ranges from defending employers against allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violations of wage and hour laws, and other employment claims in and state and federal courts, as wells as administrative agencies such as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to collaborating with employers on everyday issues, such as employee leaves of absences and requests for disability accommodations. Will enjoys working with clients to formulate creative solutions to complex problems. Clients trust Will to advocate aggressively for their best interests.

Will is a graduate from Tulane Law School, magna cum laude, and the University of Connecticut. He has been named a New England Super Lawyers – Rising Star since 2015.


Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer dismissing complaint alleging FMLA retaliation, FMLA interference, disability discrimination, and defamation in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer dismissing complaint alleging race discrimination and retaliation in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
  • Successfully argued motions striking Connecticut Superior Court complaints alleging claims for common law wrongful discharge, common law negligence, and retaliation for exercising free speech rights under the Connecticut Constitution.
  • Successfully defended numerous discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and other state and local administrative agencies.
  • Experience providing advice and counsel concerning exemption statuses of employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and state and local law, and defending employers in actions challenging employee exemption statuses.
  • Successfully represented employer’s interest in relation to Connecticut Department of Labor investigation into alleged wage and hour law violations.
  • Experience preparing and revising employer policies and policy manuals.
  • Successfully defended employers during grievance arbitrations alleging employer violations of collective bargaining agreements, including a grievance arbitration challenging termination of high profile union steward for misconduct.
  • Experience serving as an independent investigator into allegations of discrimination and harassment, and preparing reports outlining investigative findings.
  • Experience counseling employers concerning strategies for protecting their trade secrets and confidential information, and representing employers in relation to enforcement of employee restrictive covenant, confidentiality, non-solicitation, and other employment-related agreements.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Lorman Education Services 2014 Employment Law Update - ''Whistleblower Retaliation'' - Trumbull - 2014
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Lecture Series - ''Workplace Bullying and Harassment'' - Bridgeport - 2014

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