Jennifer McCarty

I am a trial lawyer dedicated to helping people from all walks of life protect their rights.  I take on employers who have harassed employees or discriminated against them because of their race, sex, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, disability or what the employer believes to be a disability.  I represent people who were treated badly by employers simply because they reported discrimination/harassment or because they helped someone who made a similar report.

It’s my privilege to represent people who have been wrongfully terminated simply because they refused to follow an order from their employer that violated the law, or because their employer was interfering with their rights in violation of the law.  I also represent people who just need someone to review an employment contract when they are taking a new job or getting a promotion, or to review a severance agreement when they are being terminated or offered early retirement.  You worked hard for your position, pay and benefits (vacation, stock, health insurance, etc.), and I’ll work just as hard to protect them. I focus primarily on protecting applicants and employees in every aspect of the employment relationship.  I will negotiate employment hiring contracts, compensation agreements, severance agreements and noncompetition agreements.  This would also include filing any lawsuits necessary to protect my clients’ rights.  I also handle all aspects of cases challenging discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, worker’s compensation retaliation and harassment, among other civil rights cases.  Examples of the services I would provide here include representing clients in negotiations, mediations, EEOC charges and lawsuits.

And I handle all types of cases in which employers cheat employees of their rightful pay:

  • Employers’ failures to pay minimum wage
  • Employers’ failures to pay overtime for employees entitled to overtime
  • Employers’ failures to pay wages due
  • Employers’ tampering with time records to cheat employees of the wages they have earned
  • Other ways of cheating employees of pay or benefits

In addition, I will handle other types of civil litigation, on a case-by-case basis.  I represent both individuals and groups of people affected by the same problem, and I have negotiated many settlements over the years.  You will want a seasoned trial lawyer handling your negotiations right from the start so that you are fully protected if it is the case that you end up in litigation. You will also want an attorney undaunted by the people trampling your rights. In this regard, I have taken the depositions of television personalities, CEOs, company owners and other executives who oftentimes act like the law doesn’t apply to them.  Other than negotiating a settlement, the cross examination of witnesses, both at trial and at deposition, is my favorite part of practicing law.  Going to trial is often the last resort, but I will not hesitate to do so when necessary.

Kentucky has been my home for my entire life, and it is where I was educated, where I raise my son, and where I intend to stay.  Having received an excellent education and degrees from both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville has ensured my ability to see both sides of any issue.  Representing the hardworking citizens of this Commonwealth is my privilege.  I am licensed to practice law in Kentucky state and federal courts.  If a case involves people or issues in other states, we’ll travel or retain local counsel to ensure we are on a level playing field.  No matter what you decide, I want to make sure you find counsel with whom you are happy.  Please call me so that we can discuss whether I can be of assistance to you.

Areas of practice

Employment discrimination
Retaliatory discharge
Employment contracts
Wage and hour law
Affirmative action
Appellate practice
Civil appeals
Alternative dispute resolution
Civil practice
Federal civil practice
Civil rights
Civil liberties
Civil rights defense
Civil Rights Section 1983
Disabled access
Disabled rights
Gay and lesbian rights
Handicapped rights
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
Women’s rights
Breach of contract
Contract fraud
Contract litigation
Fraud and deceit
Civil fraud
Labor and employment
Age discrimination in employment
Americans with Disabilities Act
Confidentiality agreements
Covenants not to compete
Disability discrimination

Tort Liability
Employee discipline
Employee rights
Employer intentional torts
Employer liability
Employment at will
Employment breach of contract
Employment civil rights
Employment claims
Employment disability discrimination
Employment law
Employment litigation
Employment mediation
Employment rights
Employment termination
Equal employment opportunity law
Executive severance contracts
Fair labor standards
Family and Medical Leave Act
Federal employment law
National origin discrimination
Negligent hiring and retention
Noncompete litigation
Noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements
Restrictive covenants
Sexual harassment
Title VII Discrimination
Whistleblower litigation
Workplace violence
Wrongful termination
Libel, slander and defamation
Libel and slander
Civil litigation
Federal civil litigation
Federal litigation
Trial practice
Civil liability
Intentional torts

Admitted to practice:
Kentucky, 2003

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D.
University of Kentucky, B.A., Political Science

Professional memberships
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association