Our Kentucky employment law attorneys have successfully represented public and private sector employers, including businesses, corporations, school boards, colleges and universities, state agencies, cities, counties and other public entities, in all facets of management-side employment law. Our approach is two-pronged: protect and prevent.
Our vast trial experience provides us with the expertise to protect employers in litigation. We’ve defended employers in court against allegations of retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, among other claims.
We also counsel clients with day-to-day and long-term advice aimed to prevent problems before they happen. Our attorneys provide customized advice on matters such as hiring and termination practices, employee disciplinary actions, wage and hour issues, sexual harassment training, and discrimination prevention training. We’re available to draft employment contracts, personnel policies and non-compete and confidentiality agreements.
Our attorneys are also prepared to assist employers by acting as special investigators when circumstances require that an investigation of student or employee misconduct at any level be handled by an outside party.
Sturgill Turner is the only Kentucky law firm chosen to be a member of the Employment Law Alliance, an association that provides us with access to over 3,000 employment and labor lawyers in all 50 states and more than 135 countries.
- Hendrix v. Northern Kentucky University, U.S. District Ct. Case No. 2:14-cv-79 (WOB-CJS). The United States District Court granted summary judgment in favor of NKU, finding that NKU’s decision not to award Plaintiff a nursing degree did not violate her due process rights.
- Overly v. Morehead State University, (2013-CA-002008-MR) The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the award of summary judgment by the Rowan Circuit Court which dismissed Plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination and retaliation, finding no evidence in support of Plaintiff’s claims and that Morehead State University established legitimate, non-discriminatory, non-retaliatory basis for its actions.
- Furtula, et al. v. University of Kentucky, et al., 438 S.W.3d 303 (Ky. 2014) (win for University of Kentucky on issues of governmental immunity and whether unilateral personnel policies constituted an enforceable contract).
- Coyle v. University of Kentucky, 2 F.Supp.3d 1014 (E.D.Ky. 2014) (win for University of Kentucky on defense of Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity versus Copyright Act claim).
- Turner v. City of Paris, 534 Fed.Appx. 299 (6th Cir. 2013) (win for City of Paris, Kentucky, concerning disability discrimination claim brought by former wastewater treatment employee).
- Murray v. Eastern Kentucky University, 328 S.W.3d 679 (Ky.App. 2009) (win for university concerning alleged disability discrimination in denial of tenure).
- Hayse v. University of Kentucky, 2008 WL 3163879 (Ky.App. 2008) (win for university concerning alleged wrongful denial of tenure).
- Witt v. Eastern Kentucky University, 205 S.W.3d 263 (Ky.App. 2006) (win for university concerning public employee conflicts of interest).
Wright, Former Employees: Common Problems When They Are Witnesses, article for DRI’s For The Defense magazine (March 2017)
Salsburey, Reasonable Accommodation or Regrettable Obligation? Don’t Let Your Good Deed be Punishment, presentation for the Kentucky Society for Human Resources (KYSHRM) Annual Conference (2016)
Salsburey, Drug Testing of City Employees, presentation for the Kentucky League of Cities Annual Conference (2015)
Salsburey, Reasonable Accommodation or Regrettable Obligation? Don’t Let Your Good Deed be Punishment, presentation for the Kentucky Society for Human Resources (KYSHRM) Annual Conference (2015)
Wright and Salsburey, Don’t Jump the Gun: Navigating Kentucky Law on Regulating Firearms in the Workplace, Kentucky Constructor: A publication of the Association of General Contractors of Kentucky (2014).
Coleman, Legislative and Legal Update. Kentucky CUPA Annual Conference, September 11, 2014.
Coleman, Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) & Immigrant Status (H1-B), Kentucky Community and Technical College System Human Resources Conference, July 23, 2014
Barker, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment Law Matters, University of Kentucky 14th Biannual Employment Law Institute (2014)
Salsburey, Take it from the Top: The First Amendment and Employment Law Matters, presented at the University of Kentucky’s Annual Employment Law Institute (June 5, 2014) (Author and Presenter).
Coleman, Discrimination & Harassment in the Workplace, Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, August 19, 2014.
Coleman, The ICE Man Cometh: Conducting an I-9 Audit, Presentation for the 2014 KYSHRM conference.
Salsburey, “What’s Mine is Yours”: Tax Consequences of Employer-Sponsored Leave-Sharing Plans, Inquiry & Analysis: A publication of the National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (October 2011).
- Twelve Sturgill Turner attorneys recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers
- Sturgill Turner receives 15 Best Law Firms rankings
- Steve Barker named Lexington’s 2016 Employment Lawyer of the Year
- Eleven Sturgill Turner attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America
- Nine Sturgill Turner attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Edition
- Stephen L. Barker named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Lexington Litigation – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year”
- Stephen L. Barker named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Lexington Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year”
- Stephen L. Barker awarded Fayette County Bar Association’s highest honor
- Stephen L. Barker named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Lexington Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year”