EMPLOYMENT LAW                      

      Losing your job, being passed over for promotion, or being otherwise terminated from your work can be a devastating event in your life. It not only affects you, but also affects the lives of those who financially depend on you.
  
​     Sadly, employers in Kentucky have a broad range of power to hire and fire their workers for little reason. Kentucky is considered an "at-will employee" state. That means that employees who are not merit-employees are considered "at-will" employees, and their bosses can fire them "at will."

   ​In it's narrowest sense, the doctrine of at will employment only speaks to when an employment contract can be terminated: the contract can be terminated ​at- will of either party, ​i.e., at any time. A seperate issue is why (i.e., for what reasons) the employment contract can be properly terminated.


  In short, this means that employers can be liable for improperly terminating their employees. While employers in Kentucky have discretion, they do not have absolute discretion.

  In the past, employers had unlimited powers to hire and fire whomever they chose. Throughout our country's history, some progress has been made to protect the rights of employees. Throughout the Twentieth Century, the U.S. Surpreme Court began to uphold individual freedoms or contract and invalidated, on due process grounds, statutes that prohibited employers from terminating employment of workers because the workers were members of a protected class.

  Thus, in Kentucky today, if you are an at-will employee, you cannot be fired because of the fact that you are a member of a protected class. These classes include your race, your religion, your political party affiliation, your age, your sex, and several other distinct classes.

  If you feel that you have been improperly terminated or lost your job due to improper reasons, contact us at 606-886-6090 for a free consultation.