Channez’s practice centers on representing public and private sector employers in administrative, state, and federal cases including those involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, wrongful discharge, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She also counsels and trains client personnel on employment practices that can prevent or avoid litigation. Channez is a frequent writer and speaker on labor and employment issues.
Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
Cecchini v. Schenk
Cecchini v. Schenk: Federal court lawsuit by then current police officer alleging retaliation for claimed free speech and union association. Partial Motion to Dismiss and Summary Judgment resulted in eliminating Town, Town Manager, several officers from the case leaving minor claims that enabled an advantageous settlement with plaintiff’s retirement.
Grasso v. Enfield
Grasso v. Enfield: State court lawsuit by former police officer who took another position with the Town claiming breach of contract, breach of implied contract and promissory estoppel. Currently pending but motion to strike removed claims of quasi-contract setting the case up for summary judgment on the breach of contract based upon lack of authority to bind the Town.
Salvatore v. East Granby
Salvatore v. East Granby: Federal court lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, disability and gender discrimination by probationary member of volunteer fire department against the Town and First Selectman. Motion to Dismiss granted on basis that Town had no control over volunteer fire department.
Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education
Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education: State court lawsuit by laid-off teacher claiming breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealings, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress. Summary judgment granted on basis that plaintiff failed to allege and could not prove that union failed to fairly represent the plaintiff. Judgment affirmed by Appellate Court and Supreme Court rejected certification.
O’Neil v. T/O Woodbridge
O’Neil v. T/O Woodbridge: In this case a terminated probationary police officer with a vision condition alleged disability discrimination. The court granted summary judgment for the Town of Woodbridge, as the plaintiff could not prove that the Town’s legitimate non-discriminatory reasons for his termination, namely, pervasive performance deficiencies, were a pretext for discrimination.