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The Kentucky Employment Law and Discrimination Lawyer

Samuel G. Hayward

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Recently a client who came to me from another attorney, expressed the opinion that she did not have a case because of the fact that the previous attorney had told her Kentucky has a terminable at will philosophy and basically can fire or hire for any reason. Nothing is more misunderstood in the Commonwealth of Kentucky than that statement. Kentucky has one of the best, if not the best civil rights statute in the United States. Kentucky also recognized promissory estoppel, fraud in the inducement, as well as wrongful termination and discriminatory actions prohibited under Kentucky revised statutes 344.040.

My approach to any employment matter is to sort out what has actually happened to the employee and to see where this fits in the multitude of causes of action available. Just because someone is part of a layoff does not necessarily mean that the company is dealing fairly and honestly with my client. Many companies today will try to camouflage an individual layoff with a group layoff. As we become an age force over 40 years of age, my first approach is to see if there is a connection with the clients age as well. This is probably the most exciting new area of the law that has come along in the last 40 years.

We never accept the blatant statement that Kentucky is a terminable at will state. We always challenge the statements and that has what has made me one of the top employment lawyers in the Commonwealth. I enjoy the challenge of each and every case and look forward to the satisfaction of resolving claims for my clients.Areas of practice

    • Employment law
    • Discrimination
    • Sexual harassment
    • Wrongful Termination

Admitted to practice

  • Kentucky, 1974

Awards and honors


  • University of Louisville,, J.D., 1973
  • Norwich University, B.A., 1968

Professional memberships

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys


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