Kathleen Biggs Wright
Katie is a member in the labor department of Frost Brown Todd. She combines the experience of in-house employment law counsel and private practice to assist employers in avoiding and defending labor and employment law claims. Katie concentrates her practice on labor and employment law issues, including litigation, arbitrations, conducting investigations, and advising employers on compliance with various federal, state and local employment laws. She was integrally involved in the successful mediation of a case involving over 300 plaintiffs with exposure exceeding $500 million and has experience representing a Fortune 500 company before the United States Department of Labor in over 40 wage and hour audits.
Katie rejoined the firm in 2009 after serving as in-house Employment Counsel for Kindred Healthcare for over four years. At Kindred Healthcare, she advised executives and managers in the Health Services Division, which included approximately 230 nursing homes in 27 states, on compliance with various state and federal laws relating to employment. In addition to her counseling role, Katie managed Kindred’s EEOC Charges nationally, conducted numerous workplace investigations, and developed various training programs, including a program entitled Preventing Harassment in the Workplace to comply with California’s state law requirements regarding harassment training.
Katie possesses vast knowledge of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, the Kentucky Civil Rights Act (KRS Chapter 344), the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (and the Older Worker Benefits Protection Act), the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Kentucky's wage and hour laws (KRS Chapter 337), and various other employment laws, torts and contract causes of action.
- U.S. Supreme Court Removes Barrier to Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Kentucky
- Kentucky Appeals Court Gives Important New Protections to Managers
- Kentucky Court Okays Employer Weapons Policy that “Regulates” – But Does Not “Prohibit” – Firearms in Employee Vehicles
- EEOC Announces Over 45 Lawsuits in the Past Week
- EEOC Proposed Regulations Signal Broad Expansion of ADA
Non-FBT Publications and Events
“After the ADA Act: An Update on the Implementation, Interpretation, and Enforcement of the ADAAA,” co-author, ABA TIPS Employment Law Litigation Fall 2009 Newsletter.
Recent Developments Under the Family and Medical Leave Act After the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Ragsdale. Presentation to the Louisville Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section on July 25, 2002.
Model Harassment Policy and Investigation Guidelines. Presented these materials to the Kentucky Bankers' Association on March 22, 2002.
The Family and Medical Leave Act: An Overview. Presented these materials, which included the use of hypothetical scenarios, lead discussion, and answered questions regarding various FMLA issues at the following seminars: "Personnel Law Update 2000", sponsored by the Council on Education in Management, March 2000; "Back to Basics," Spring Conference of the Southern Illinois Personnel Management Association, April 2000; "Time Off in Kentucky: State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations, and Holidays," sponsored by Lorman Education Services, July 2000 and July 2001; and "Family and Medical Leave in Kentucky," sponsored by Lorman Education Services, May 2001.
Safely Negotiating the Hidden Pitfalls Posed by the Fair Labor Standards Act When Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act. Presented this paper, lead discussion, and answered questions from business owners, executives, and Human Resources professionals at a seminar in September 1999, sponsored by the Council on Education in Management entitled "Family and medical Leave Act Update 1999".
Practical, Strategic, and Ethical Considerations in Investigations of Harassment Claims. Presented this paper, lead discussion and answered questions from local employment law and other practitioners regarding harassment investigations at a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Louisville Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, in June 1999.
Effective Employee Handbooks. Presented this paper, lead discussion, and answered questions from business owners, executives, and Human Resources professionals at a seminar sponsored by Lorman Education Services in June 1998, entitled "Kentucky Employment and Labor Law."
Record-keeping and Posting Requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Presented this paper, lead discussion, and answered questions from business owners, executives, and Human Resources professionals at a seminar sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in April 1998, March 1999, and March 2000, entitled "Wage and Hour Laws: Is Compliance Possible."
Recent Developments Under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Presented this paper, lead discussion, and answered questions from local employment law practitioners regarding ADA issues at a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Louisville Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, in February 1998.
A Review of Lockouts: Recent Decisions Regarding Lockouts and a Discussion of International Paper Co., 319 NLRB 1253, enf. Denied, 115 F.3d 1045 (D.C. Cir. 1997). Presented at the 1998 Mid-Winter Meeting of the American Bar Association Committee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act.
A Review of Lockouts: Recent Decisions Regarding Lockouts and a Discussion of International Paper Co., 319 NLRB 1253, enf. Denied, 115 F.3d 1045 (D.C. Cir. 1997). Co-Author, 1998