What is Workplace Discrimination?
Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee is discriminated against because of their age, gender, physical disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. Those categories are considered protected classes under federal and Kentucky state law. Discriminatory actions include biased hiring practices, denying a worker a promotion or equal pay because they belong to a protected class, or subjecting them to harassment.
Under Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act employers are forbidden discriminating any worker who belongs to the protected classes listed above and could be sanctioned by the state and federal agencies for any violation. The law also gives victims the right
Filing a Workplace Discrimination Claim in Kentucky
Employees who would like to file a discrimination claim should act quickly. If you plan on filing your complaint with Kentucky Commission of Human Rights, you must do so within 180 days of when the discrimination occurred. You are required to cross-file your complaint with the EEOC within the same period. If you file with the EEOC, you have 300 days to cross-file with KHRC. USAttorneys.com recommends you speak with an employment law attorney to assist you with your claim. They will make certain you meet critical deadlines, so your claim isn’t jeopardy.
If your employer is in violation of Kentucky labor laws, you fill out the form found here, and send it to the following address:
Kentucky Labor Cabinet
1047 US HWY 127 S – STE 4
Frankfort, KY 40601-4381
Discrimination and harassment complaints should be filed with a KCHR office near you. Below are couple of key locations:
Kentucky Commission on Human Rights -Louisville
332 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 595-4024
Kentucky Commission on Human Rights-Northern Kentucky Office
20 West Pike Street, Room 108
Covington, KY 41011
Phone: (859) 292-2935
Fax: (859) 292-2938
If you are filing a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint, you are required to file a complaint with the EEOC. You can learn how to submit a claim on their website which you can send to a local office.
EEOC — Louisville Area Office
600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 582-6082
TTY: (502) 582-6285
After you file your claim, you must wait until each agency investigates and determines if you have a valid claim. If your claim is deemed valid, the EEOC may ask you and your employer to agree to mediation to resolve your complaint. When mediation isn’t the right choice, you can take your claim to court and possibly win a larger settlement.
Contact an Employment Law Attorney in Kentucky
Below are several types of cases our employment law attorneys can help you with:
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