Former Pastor Files Discrimination Suit Against St. Stephen Baptist Church

A Louisville-area pastor has filed a complaint against St. Stephen Baptist Church, accusing the church of reassigning him because of his race. St. Stephen is Kentucky’s largest African-American congregation and includes a satellite location in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Pastor Billy Hollins, who is African-American, worked for the church from 2001 until August last year.

Human Rights Commission Report Shows Racial Discrimination Complaints Most Prevalent

For the 51st year in a row, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission has heard more complaints about racial discrimination than any other issue. The commission handles cases of discrimination for any protected class in Kentucky. That includes race, gender, age, color, disability, familial status, national origin, religion and smoking status. The panel released its annual report […]

Government Alleges Western Kentucky Coal Company Discriminated Against Black Miners

The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. The lawsuit alleges that thirteen African-American miners who applied for jobs […]

Berea City Council Approves Creation Of Human Rights Panel

The Berea City Council has adopted an ordinance that will create a Human Rights Commission to investigate discrimination complaints. But activists are upset that the council declined to consider an ordinance  that would offer protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The council had been considering  a fairness ordinance similar those on […]

City of Hazard Releases Report, Suspends Employee Following Allegations of Discrimination

The City of Hazard, Kentucky has released its final report and action plan following allegations that two men were asked to leave a public pool because of their sexual orientation. (Click to read the report and the action plan) The two men, who are also developmentally disabled, were with the care organization Mending Hearts at […]

Alleged Discrimination at Hazard Pool Sparks Investigation

Several parties are investigating an alleged act of discrimination in Hazard, Kentucky. The two men, who also have developmental disabilities, say they were told to leave the public pool in the Hazard Pavilion because they were a couple. Others, however, say the two were making public displays of affection, which aren’t allowed at all in […]

Fairness Survey Shows Shifting Attitudes In Kentucky

The Fairness Coalition has released the results of the first survey on the topic in six years. (PDF of the results) The poll, which the coalition commissioned, shows majority support for protections from discrimination in housing and employment and the extension of hospital visitation rights to LGBT partners.