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Connecticut Laws | Title 46a Human Rights
CHAPTER 814c* HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Sec. 46a-77. (Formerly Sec. 4-61j). Cooperation with commission required of state agencies. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.

(d) The commission shall continue to augment its enforcement and education programs which seek to eliminate all discrimination. (500)

Sec. 46a-78. (Formerly Sec. 4-61k). Annual agency reports to Governor. Review by commission. (501)(Text)

(a) All departments, agencies, commissions and other bodies of the state government shall include in their annual report to the Governor, activities undertaken in the past year to effectuate sections 46a-70 to 46a-78, inclusive. (502)

(b) Such reports shall cover both internal activities and external relations with the public or with other state agencies and shall contain other information as specifically requested by the Governor. (503)

(c) The information in the annual reports required under the provisions of this section shall be reviewed by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities for the purpose of monitoring compliance with the provisions of sections 46a-70 to 46a-78, inclusive. (504)

Sec. 46a-79. (Formerly Sec. 4-61n). State policy re employment of criminal offenders. (505)(Text)

The General Assembly finds that the public is best protected when criminal offenders are rehabilitated and returned to society prepared to take their places as productive citizens and that the ability of returned offenders to find meaningful employment is directly related to their normal functioning in the community. It is therefore the policy of this state to encourage all employers to give favorable consideration to providing jobs to qualified individuals, including those who may have criminal conviction records. (506)

Sec. 46a-80. (Formerly Sec. 4-61o). Denial of employment based on prior conviction of crime. Inquiry re prospective employee's past convictions. Dissemination of arrest record prohibited. (507)(Text)

(a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, subsection (b) of section 46a-81 and section 36a-489, and notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, a person shall not be disqualified from employment by the state or any of its agencies, nor shall a person be disqualified to practice, pursue or engage in any occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business for which a license, permit, certificate or registration is required to be issued by the state or any of its agencies solely because of a prior conviction of a crime. (508)

(b) Except for a position for which any provision of the general statutes specifically disqualifies a person from employment by the state or any of its agencies because of a prior conviction of a crime, no employer, as defined in section 5-270, shall inquire about a prospective employee's past convictions until such prospective employee has been deemed otherwise qualified for the position. (509)

(c) A person may be denied employment by the state or any of its agencies, or a person may be denied a license, permit, certificate or registration to pursue, practice or engage in an occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business by reason of the prior conviction of a crime if after considering (1) the nature of the crime and its relationship to the job for which the person has applied; (2) information pertaining to the degree of rehabilitation of the convicted person; and (3) the time elapsed since the conviction or release, the state, or any of its agencies determines that the applicant is not suitable for the position of employment sought or the specific occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business for which the license, permit, certificate or registration is sought. (510)

(d) If a conviction of a crime is used as a basis for rejection of an applicant, such rejection shall be in writing and specifically state the evidence presented and reasons for rejection. A copy of such rejection shall be sent by registered mail to the applicant. (511)

(e) In no case may records of arrest, which are not followed by a conviction, or records of convictions, which have been erased, be used, distributed or disseminated by the state or any of its agencies in connection with an application for employment or for a permit, license, certificate or registration. (512)

Sec. 46a-81. (Formerly Sec. 4-61r). Statutes controlling law enforcement agencies excepted. (513)(Text)

(a) Except as provided in section 36a-489, the provisions of sections 46a-79 to 46a-81, inclusive, shall prevail over any other provisions of law which purport to govern the denial of licenses, permits, certificates, registrations, or other means to engage in an occupation, trade, vocation, business or profession, on the grounds of a lack of good moral character, or which purport to govern the suspension or revocation of a license, permit, certificate or registration on the grounds of conviction of a crime. (514)

(b) Sections 46a-79 to 46a-81, inclusive, shall not be applicable to any law enforcement agency, provided nothing herein shall be construed to preclude a law enforcement agency in its discretion from adopting the policy set forth in said sections. (515)

Sec. 46a-81a. Sexual orientation discrimination: Definitions. (516)(Text)

For the purposes of sections 4a-60a, 45a-726a and 46a-81b to 46a-81q, inclusive, "sexual orientation" means having a preference for heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality, having a history of such preference or being identified with such preference, but excludes any behavior which constitutes a violation of part VI of chapter 952. (517)

Sec. 46a-81b. Sexual orientation discrimination: Associations of licensed persons. (518)(Text)

(a) It shall be a discriminatory practice in violation of this section for any association, board or other organization the principal purpose of which is the furtherance of the professional or occupational interests of its members, whose profession, trade or occupation requires a state license, to refuse to accept a person as a member of such association, board or organization because of such person's sexual orientation. (519)

(b) Any association, board or other organization which violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars. (520)

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