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The Kentucky Civil Rights Act is amended to prohibit discrimination in employment ''because the individual is a smoker or non-smoker, as long as the person complies with any workplace policy concerning smoking."


In May, the Kentucky Court of Appeals awards $1,000 to Anita Joan Elkins for retaliation. The courts allow individuals to file a complaint with the commission without being counter sued or retaliated against.

Governor Brereton Jones signs a bill on July 15, adding familial status as a protected class in housing and disability as a protected class in employment, housing and public accommodations.


Beverly L. Watts is appointed as Executive Director on September 21. Watts was Director of Advisory Services with Ralph G. Moore and Associates and Regional Director of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Chicago. She has held various civil rights positions over 17 years.




Commission approves first disability cases. Sullivan College (Louisville) agrees to pay $4,500 to D'Wayne Meridy after refusing to accommodate his disability by providing an interpreter.

Carol Ralph alleges that Presbyterian Church (USA) denied her a promotion because of her age and race.

In settlement, Ralph receives a lump sum payment of $14,038.59 to equal one-half of her 1993 annual salary, and extended medical coverage for 90 days at no charge. She is also provided with a neutral employment reference.

In April, Anita Joan Elkins is awarded $140,000 by the Kentucky Court of Appeals to settle a sex discrimination complaint against Mountain Clay, Inc. (London). Elkins was awarded $1,000 for retaliation two years earlier.

The first familial status discrimination complaints are settled in April.

In April, thecommission becomes the 22nd civil rights agency to receive approval for an Interim Agreement that makes it substantially equivalent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Signs stating "Men Working," and "Flag Men Ahead," are identified as violating thecommission  statutes and regulations. Gender biased advertisements and promotional job advertisements depicting all white candidates are also found in violation. The Kentucky Tourism Department develops a new policy concerning the sale of Civil War memorabilia in its state parks. In March, the Department of Parks agrees to sell only Civil War items with interpretive and educational value and only in state parks with direct ties to the Civil War.

Knox County renames streets due to their racial derivations. The street signs are removed.

Kentucky Civil Rights Act is amended to prohibit discrimination in employment based on age 40 and above.




In March, the commission  staff works with Todd County Outreach Association in an effort to ease the unrest and to educate the community about ways to solve the long-term problems that were created by the murder of a White former student, provoked in part by a confederate flag and taunts.

"Human Rights at the Crossroads ... Which Way From Here?" the First National Town Forum is held on October 27 and 28 in collaboration with the Louisville Defender Minority Consumer Exposition.



Superior Graphite (Hopkinsville) settles with Deirdra R. Davis for $5,000 for sex discrimination in employment.

Rodney N. Cosby and Brooks C. Jackson are awarded $54,080 each from Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local 248 (Ashland) for back wages in a race discrimination complaint.

The Second Annual Town Forum, "Race and the Media" is held on October 19. The national panel discussion is on the media's portrayal of minorities and the negative influence it can have on the public



Bryan Neal is awarded $7,500 from the City of Campbellsville resulting from a hostile work environment based on his national origin.

Royal Oak Chevrolet Cadillac, Inc. (Paducah) is ordered to pay $20,000 to Wayne Jenkins for embarrassment and humiliation based on a perceived disability.

SpectraCare, Inc. agrees in June to pay Brenda Davis $10,000 in damages to settle her complaint of race discrimination. Spectra Care had denied Davis a promotion even though she was highly qualified.

In June, the Jessamine County Board of Education agrees to pay Van Warren $13,000 for embarrassment and humiliation. Warren alleged he had been identified as the number two candidate for the head coach position. The school district did not contact him after the number one candidate declined the position.

Jim A. Cartwright states IMC Agrico laid him off while a younger man with less seniority in the same job class was retained. IMC Agrico agrees to pay Cartwright $10,000 in damages for embarrassment
and humiliation in July.

Regina Copper receives $15,000 from L. E. and Marilyn Tillford (paducah) to settle a claim of race discrimination in the misrepresentation of available housing.


On August 19, the commission  and the Kentucky Education Television (KET) initiate a statewide broadcast to enhance race relations entitled "A Conversation on Race."

The Third Annual Town Forum is held on October 13, "Race, Gender and the New Millennium: Workplace Issues for the Next Centurv." Patricia Ireland (president of the National Organization of Women)and Rev. Willie Barrow (Co-chair of the Rainbow Coalition) give presentations.



Caretender Home Health (Elizabethtown) settles a race discrimination complaint with Pamela McBeath for $20,000.

The Kentucky Fair Housing Council, Inc. alleged that Want Ads of Louisville, doing business as Thrifty Nickel Want Ads, published an advertisement for rental housing, which would exclude protected classes. In June, Want Ads of Louisville agrees to pay the Kentucky Fair Housing Council $7,500 and provides space and publishes advertisements for the KCHR and the Council weekly for one year.

In June McDonald's (Owensboro) agrees to pay Gene Goad $10,000 for age discrimination in employmet. Goad alleges that he was terminated from his position due to his age, 65 years old.

Dr. Gordon E. Layton (Paris) is ordered by the KCHR Commissioners, after a hearing, to pay Brenda Issac-Roe $22,700 for back wages due to sex (pregnancy) discrimination.

The second "A Conversation on Race" is broadcast on August 18 on KET statewide.


Kimberly Fitzgerald is awarded $15,240 from Cox Interior, Inc. (Campbellsville) to settle an employment sexual harassment complaint.

In October, "Race, Gender and the New Millennium: An Economic Perspective", the Fourth Annual Human Rights Town Forum, is held in conjunction with the Louisville Defender's Consumer Expo in October. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson delivers the keynote speech.


Chloe Easley receives $10,000 from Pizza Hut (paducah) to settle disability and race discrimination complaint in public accommodations.

The commission wins an affIrmative action award for the eleventh straight year.

As a promoter of equal opportunity in hiring in the work place, the commission continues to set the standard and maintaining above average staff diversity.



$50,000 is awarded to Ted Baker from Grand Eagle Mining (Henderson) as a result of discrimination based on religion in employment.

Tru-Green Chern Lawn (Louisville) settles a sexually hostile work environment case with Carolyn Fuller for $20,000.

"The Community and Law Eriforcement: Bridging the Gaps that Divide" is the topic for the Fifth Annual Human Rights Town Forum held in conjunction with the Louisville Defender Consumer Expo in November. Training and community initiatives and the pros and cons of a civilian review board are discussed.

Craig Calloway alleges that he was appointed Acting Superintendent of the City of Russellville's waste water treatment plant but not given a pay raise or the authority to discipline subordinates. The City of Russellville had replaced Calloway with a less qualified co-worker. The City agrees to compensate Calloway for embarrassment and humiliation in the sum of $8,000 .

In December, the Supreme Court rules KCRR can investigate private clubs to enforce a 1990 Kentucky law that bars people from taking state income-tax deductions for payments to clubs that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin.

National Street Rod Association (Louisville) settles a disability complaint in public accommodations with Wylie Gowen for $15,000.

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