Brindamour, et al. v. Manchester Board of Education
GLAD used the Connecticut anti-discrimination provisions based on sexual orientation and marital status to help a group of teachers and school administrators in Manchester, CT to obtain insurance benefits for their domestic partners. These educators applied for and were denied these benefits – benefits that constitute a significant portion of an employee’s compensation. GLAD argued the position that withholding these benefits amounted to unequal pay for equal work – something the law does not tolerate. With the discrimination suit pending, the Manchester Board of Education approved new contracts for school administrators and teachers that included health insurance for the partners of its gay and lesbian employees. The Manchester Board of Directors approved the Administrators’ contract on November 18th, 2003 and the Teachers’ contract was agreed upon in arbitration and formally certified by the arbitrator on November 17th.