Three Abney Law Attorneys Named to SuperLawyers 2019 Kentucky Rising Stars list

P. Stewart Abney, Kelly M. Parry, and Jeremiah W. Reece, have been selected to the 2019 Kentucky Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Abney, Parry, and Reece focus their law practices on…

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The Long Road: A Brief History of Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964

Recent court cases have been forced to contend with the scope of Title VII’s protections. However, to understand how Title VII operates and how it may be interpreted in the future, it is important to understand how Title VII was formed and why it was passed in the first place.  To begin with, it is…

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The EEOC Continues to Fight Age Discrimination in the Workplace

For many years, the federal government has attempted to ensure that many different kinds of workers are protected from discrimination. One such area has been in the area of age discrimination. To ensure that employers cannot discriminate on the basis of age, the federal government has passed laws such as the Age Discrimination Act of…

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We’ve discussed sexual harassment pretty extensively through a number of articles. There is one scenario, however, that we haven’t tackled yet – third party harassment. It goes without saying that sexual harassment by a co-worker, manager, or executive is unlawful activity. But what about third parties – customers, vendors, and the like? Does your company…

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Sick Leave Beyond the FMLA: What options do Kentucky's Workers have?

Every employee will at some point need to contend with sick days and/or parental leave, but depending on your job and employer this can be a relatively easy or difficult process. However, there are some safeguards in place for such an occasion, particularly the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This federal legislation covers certain employers…

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Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers – SCOTUS weighs in.

Employment contracts have various provisions within them to govern many aspects of the employee-employer relationship. These provisions can govern the issue of pay, leave, and termination. However, one issue that sometimes arises is how an employee may pursue legal action against their employer. While most times employees will use the courts to procure a legal…

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Is Medical Marijuana Use a 'Reasonable Accommodation' under the ADA?

Since 1996, 33 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands have enacted law making medical marijuana legal in so form. About half as many states have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. But, are employees who use and, in many cases, rely on medical marijuana to control or treat a medical condition protected…

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The U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

 For several years now, Congress and the courts have attempted to protect whistleblowers from retaliation in the workplace. Through acts such as the Dodd-Frank Act, any person who provides information about a corporation’s violation of law or SEC regulation would be protected from firing or retaliation by their employer for reporting such an act. ((…

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Do I have Freedom of Speech Protections at Work?

In the United States, certain rights are considered so fundamental and integral to our society that they are lauded as part of the foundation of our democratic society. Perhaps no right is praised as highly in this respect than our right to free speech under the First Amendment. However, despite this vaunted status, this right…

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Is forced Tip Pooling Legal? Not in Kentucky.

Unlike most of the country, mandatory tip pooling is illegal in Kentucky. Read more

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