Conn. woman’s complaint seeks benefits for wife

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut physical therapist has filed a complaint against a West Hartford senior living center, where she works, saying she is being illegally denied health benefits for her wife.

Kerry Considine of Griswold says Brookdale Senior Living, with corporate headquarters in Tennessee, told her the company does not offer benefits to the spouses of same-sex employees.

She filed a sexual discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC doesn’t comment on complaints unless it files a lawsuit.

A spokesman for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities said that in general, any company with a presence in Connecticut, where gay marriage is legal, cannot discriminate in providing benefits based on sexual orientation.

A Brookdale spokeswoman wouldn’t comment but said the company values all its employees.