Q: Do I have a case? 2017 & 2018 both contractual step increase years. I took leave 2017 & returned 2018 & no step awarded
I am aware that the 2017 year leave of absence cost me the right to have a step increase. This was a decision I made willingly when I chose not to return to work that year. However in 2018 I did return to work and I was still denied a step increase they were two steps in two years and I didn’t receive either one of them. Our contract states that step increases are awarded at the beginning of the school year as I was not present in the beginning of 2017 I understand but as I was present in the beginning at the 2018 I do not understand why that wasn’t awarded. I have since been on the wrong step all these years. The argument that was given to me with something called a past practice I but I didn’t really see any evidence for it nor do I see it written anywhere in the contract. My union did not want to challenge the past practice argument and they did not choose to pursue my case. I don’t believe that was a fair representation I never saw evidence. And I am wondering do I have a case.
A: This depends on the specific language in your contract. You should contact a Connecticut contract attorney to review the contract regarding step increases and any potential exceptions to this rule.
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