Category Archives: Attorney Mark Dumas

How to avoid mechanic’s liens from subcontractors

Any contractor who does work on your home has a right to place a mechanic’s lien on your property if you do not pay them in full for their labor, services, or the materials they use for your home improvement. … Continue reading

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Traditioooooooooooooooooooooooon! Tradition! Tradition!

In most law schools, future lawyers learn the law primarily by reading cases. Even the “textbooks” handed out at law schools are more accurately called casebooks. Because of this, we are taught to learn by reading cases and discussing them. … Continue reading

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Employers Can’t Retaliate Against Family, Friends

The following article appeared in the January 31, 2011 edition of the Connecticut Law Tribune. By Mark Dumas Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act prohibits companies from retaliating against employees who file discrimination charges, but does the act … Continue reading

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Bonus Rules Require Careful Navigation

The following article appeared in the September 13, 2010 edition of the Hartford Business Journal. By Mark Dumas Bonus season is months away, but don’t tell that to Joseph Wall, a former executive at a consulting company in West Hartford. … Continue reading

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Workers can be punished for speaking up

The following article appeared in the August 9, 2010 edition of the Connecticut Law Tribune. Ruling limits First Amendment protections for public sector employees By Mark Dumas Public sector employees are often bold in their criticism of superiors, particularly where … Continue reading

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