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U.S. Court of Appeals Rebukes Rowland, Rules that ’03 Layoffs Were Punitive

November 13, 2013 


In a decision with far-reaching political and legal implications, a federal appeals court has concluded that former Gov. John G. Rowland illegally discriminated against union employees when ordering 2,800 layoffs soon after his election to a third term in 2002.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit faulted Rowland for exclusively eliminating union jobs when the Republican governor was confronting a budget deficit.  The unions claimed that Rowland made cuts to coerce and punish, not balance the budget. …

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