Matter Handling and Litigation Through Kightlinger & Gray

Employers today are faced with numerous federal, state and local laws and regulations that govern the workplace, making it difficult to run a business and stay apprised of these changes.

At Kightlinger & Gray, we are committed to working with our clients to keep them informed of their obligations and upcoming legal changes, as well as offering them proactive strategies and solutions to ensure compliance and effective human resource administration.  Kightlinger & Gray offers experienced professionals in all areas of employment law and human resource advice and counsel to provide practical, client-focused and cost-effective advice for our clients’ business no matter the size of your business.  We understand that our clients with 5 employees and 5,000 employees want to ensure they are compliant. As a result, we work closely with businesses and individuals as they maneuver through complex regulations, ever changing statutes and legislation, and increased government scrutiny. We also pride ourselves on being proactive in our partnership with clients to help companies prevent problems before they arise.  We provide counsel related to wage/hour and benefits issues, assist in the development of personnel and employment-related policies, procedures and handbooks and provide in-house trainings to management and personnel on topics such as harassment, FMLA, investigations, documentation and best practices for hiring and interviewing. On a day-to-day basis, we provide guidance to human resource professionals and business managers and owners on the many different laws encompassing employees’ rights and employers’ obligations. Our goals are to help our clients create and maintain a positive environment in their workplace and to support them in anticipating and preventing employment problems, as well as assisting them to resolve current issues.

Should the need for litigation counsel arise, our team is prepared to handle a full range of employment-related litigation matters, in all agencies and courts in Kentucky and Indiana. The Kightlinger & Gray Employment Practice Area has experience defending and prosecuting employment litigation, individual and class action lawsuits from private parties, and governmental agencies in employment-related matters. Our experience speaks for itself—in the last ten years, we have prepared and successfully defended hundreds of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agency charges; represented dozens of clients in state and federal employment lawsuits successfully obtaining dismissals through settlements, dispositive motions and trials.

Kightlinger & Gray’s Experience in Employment Law

Our employment attorneys, led by Practice Group, Robert Kelso, have extensive experience representing and defending many different types of employers in both state and federal court lawsuits, including:

  • Fortune 500 companies
  • Franchise owners
  • Small to mid-sized business
  • Family-owned businesses
  • Governmental entities
  • For-profit and not-for-profit corporations

We provide our clients with the dedicated support they deserve through the analysis and recommendations needed to arrive at a litigation plan, including the resolution we plan to achieve. Settlements, mediations, summary judgements, and trials are all used as necessary to provide an effective and efficient resolution for our clients.

Our employment attorneys have handled cases involving issues under:

  • Indiana and Kentucky state Civil Rights Acts
  • Title VII
  • ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act)
  • FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)
  • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • PDA (Pregnancy Discrimination Act)
  • Wrongful discharge or termination
  • Retaliation
  • Failure to hire or promote
  • Discrimination in employment benefits
  • Wage and hour issues and disputes
  • EEOC and State Agency Charges
  • Breach of employment contract claims
  • Workers’ compensation retaliation
  • Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements
  • State and Federal OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) Citations and compliance

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