July 14, 2004
The Connecticut Supreme Court today issued a decision of importance to colleges and universities throughout the state, and potentially to other employers as well, in Neiman v. Yale University. Addressing an issue of first impression in Connecticut, the Court held that a university professor who was denied tenure could not sue the university for damages without exhausting the internal grievance procedures required by the university's faculty handbook. While the Neiman decision discussed the unique nature of tenure decisions, the Court's ruling may ultimately impact other employers whose employee handbooks have mandatory internal grievance procedures. The Court's decision, written by Chief Justice Sullivan, was unanimous. The case was argued by Aaron S. Bayer, who heads Wiggin and Dana's appellate practice, with the assistance of Kim Rinehart.