Associate Director of Investigations
Sarah Chipman joined the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) as a Case Manager in July 2014. As a Case Manager, Sarah is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment involving University employees, and preparing written decisions and recommendations based on factual findings. Sarah also coordinates requests for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for University employees with disabilities.
Prior to joining the University, Sarah worked as an attorney for an employment law firm in Simsbury, CT representing both management and employees. In that position, Sarah handled cases involving all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unpaid wage claims, employment agreement negotiations and disputes, and unemployment compensation matters. In this capacity, Sarah handled claims of sexual harassment, as well as claims of race, age, gender, disability, and national origin discrimination. In addition to her litigation matters, Sarah drafted and revised employee handbooks and workplace policies and counseled both employers and employees as to disciplinary matters and processing of requests for reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.
Sarah is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and has frequently appeared in administrative proceedings before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), the Connecticut Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Sarah earned her law degree from Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she was an officer and member of the American Association for Justice Trial Team and received a number of excellence awards for her course work. During law school, Sarah completed an internship with the CHRO, the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Division of Public Defender Services in New Haven. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Central Connecticut State University, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the History Departmental Honors Award.