Employment Law

We represent employees in most areas of employment law, including, but not limited to:

  • Employment discrimination

  • Sexual harassment

  • Public Policy Wrongful Discharge

  • Retaliation

  • Employment contracts

  • Covenants not to compete

  • Severance packages

  • Family Medical Leave Act

  • Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Kentucky Wage and Hour laws

Wrongful Termination and Employment Discrimination
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated from your place of employment, you may contact an attorney at Bishop Friend, P.S.C. to discuss your case.

No employee may be terminated from employment for an illegal or discriminatory purpose. Federal and Kentucky laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, and other grounds. These laws also prohibit harassment of employees for these reasons. They also prohibit employer retaliation against employees who oppose or complain about such discrimination or harassment, whether against themselves or others, within the company or in any agency or court proceeding, or who participate in any such proceedings.

Employers who violate federal and Kentucky laws protecting employees can be required to pay damages to the employee who is wrongfully terminated or discriminated against, to restore the employee to the position she or he would have been in if not for the employer’s unlawful conduct. Damages the employer could be ordered to pay include back pay, front pay, and the value of lost employment benefits. Compensation for embarrassment and humiliation, physical and emotional pain and distress, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs may also be awarded under some statutes and common law.

Our lawyers have experience in handling litigation arising out of wrongful termination and discrimination claims on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, national origin, and other protected status.

Retaliation and Public Policy Wrongful Discharge
Employees may fear that their employer will retaliate against them for complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, or filing a complaint. Punishing an employee for an unlawful reason or a reason that violates public policy is illegal. There are both federal and Kentucky laws that protect employees from retaliation or adverse employment action after making these types of complaints.

Legally protected activities may include, but are not limited to, reporting the employer for violating policies that benefit the public at large, such as:

  • Employment discrimination

  • Sexual harassment

  • Violation of family or medical leave laws

  • Unsafe workplace

  • Whistle-blowing regarding the misappropriation of funds

  • Advocating appropriate medical care for a patient

  • Right to workplace free of violence or credible threats of violence

  • Terminations for refusing to engage in unlawful conduct

Breach of Contract
If you are involved in a contract dispute or believe your employer is in breach of your contract, contact Bishop Friend, P.S.C. to schedule a consultation.

Disputes over employment contracts typically arise when an employer or employee fails to understand his or her rights and obligations under the terms of an employment contract. These contracts may be made individually by the employee and the employer or by a union on behalf of a group of employees. Union employees may have rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated by their union on their behalf. At Bishop Friend, P.S.C. our attorneys assist clients in understanding their legal rights and obligations under employment contracts. When a breach occurs, we evaluate the contract and determine what your legal options are.

Our attorneys advise and represent clients in breach of contract issues, including:

  • Breach of confidentiality agreement

  • Breach of covenant not to compete agreement

  • Breach of severance contract

  • Breach of executive compensation package

  • Disputes over sales commissions

Our attorneys have experience in negotiating, drafting, advising and litigating employment law contracts.