Human Rights Attorney 1


Recruitment #230120-4770SH-002


The State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is recruiting for a Human Rights Attorney 1 positions in our Legal Division.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work/life balance!
The Agency:
The mission of the State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education.

The Role:
  • Assist in protecting the public from discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation and credit transactions by mediating, investigating and litigating discriminatory practice complaints before human rights referees or in the Superior Court.
  • This position is to fulfill the requirements of Public Act 21-32, the Clean Slate Act. 
Please Note:
The next higher class in this series is Human Rights Attorney 2. After completion of two (2) years of successful and satisfactory performance as a Human Rights Attorney 1, an incumbent will be moved to the Human Rights Attorney 2 classification (on the first pay period following the completion of the two (2) year requirement).

The Schedule:
  • Full-time
  • 40 hours per week
  • Monday - Friday 
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career; 
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector; and 
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  
About the State of Connecticut: 
Living in Connecticut allows you to live with mountains, forests, ocean fronts, rivers, and a wonderful green countryside right at your doorstep. The state has charm, elegance, and a high standard of living. Our school systems offer an outstanding education, and our communities are among the safest in the country. Connecticut experiences all four seasons and gives you the option to choose living in sophisticated country-life or living in the center of a lively city. 

We encourage you to come see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the CHRO team!

Selection Plan

Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Christopher Lavallee at



In the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities this class is accountable for receiving training in legal research and work in the Office of Commission Counsel.


As a legal practitioner receives generalized training in routine to moderately complex legal work; prepares and represents Commission in contested case hearings and litigation before other administrative bodies and lower courts in matters jointly prescribed by Commission and Office of the Attorney General including but not limited to employment discrimination cases and any proceeding where a state agency or officer is an adversary party; attends settlement, conciliation, mediation and pre-trial conferences; assists and provides legal counsel and assistance to Commission constituent units; analyzes and applies state and federal statutes, rules and regulations, constitutional provisions, administrative and court decisions and other legal authorities; assists in preparing and representing Commission in more difficult cases; interviews witnesses, complainants, corporate and governmental officials, takes or attends depositions and prepares evidence in form of statements, documents, records, exhibits, photographs and electronic recordings for presentation in administrative or court proceedings; performs legal research and prepares legal memoranda on assigned cases; prepares subpoenas, affidavits and interrogatories in connection with cases in litigation or under investigation; may act independently in these areas as assigned; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of basic legal principles and their application; knowledge of federal and state civil rights legislation; knowledge of administrative and constitutional law and rules of evidence; knowledge of pleadings and motion practice; knowledge of economic and social impact of discrimination on protected classes; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; litigation and legal counseling skills or aptitude; ability to analyze legal problems.


A degree from an accredited law school.


  • Experience in civil rights litigation.
  • Experience with litigation and/or appellate clerkship.
  • Experience with or coursework pertaining to the administrative agency processes for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
  • Experience with or coursework pertaining to the administrative agency processes for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • Experience with or coursework pertaining to social justice and/or civil rights.
  • Experience examining and cross-examining witnesses at hearings and trials.
  • Experience conducting investigations and mediations.


1. Incumbents in this class must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut within one (1) year of the date of appointment. Pursuant to Section 51-88 of the Connecticut General Statutes, an incumbent who has not been admitted to practice law may not "assume, use or advertise the title of lawyer, attorney and counsel at law, counselor at law, attorney, counselor, attorney and counselor, or an equivalent term, in such a manner as to convey the impression that he is a legal practitioner of law". Until such time that an incumbent is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, the incumbent shall be referred to as a Legal Assistant.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.