Attorney Panel Discussion: Effective Terminations & Other Adverse Actions
Generally, employment in the state of Arkansas is at-will. Discharging an employee is difficult enough without the additional stress of a lawsuit for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, or other claims under federal and state employment laws. Some organizations are quick to want to terminate someone instead of looking at it as being the last resort. The decision to terminate an employee should be made only after other options have been exhausted. Attorneys from Wright Lindsey Jennings; Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus; and The Friday Firm will discuss ways to ensure adverse actions up to and including termination are appropriate and legal.
H. Wayne Young, J.D.
Partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark
H. Wayne Young is a partner with Friday Eldredge & Clark and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. His practice focuses on employment and labor law including discrimination matters, harassment, wage and hour compliance, family and medical leave and covenants not to compete. He advises his clients in these matters from the compliance stage, to defending government investigations and litigation if necessary. Wayne is often called upon to speak on topics such as medical marijuana in the workplace, social media, discrimination and updates to regulations and new legislation. Wayne currently serves as General Counsel to the Arkansas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management and that organization awarded him the Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award in 2017. He is a member of Central Arkansas Human Resource Association and was awarded the association’s Legislative Advocacy Award for 2018.
Michelle Kaemmerling, J.D.
Labor & Employment Team Leader at Wright Lindsey Jennings
Michelle Kaemmerling has been practicing with Wright Lindsey Jennings since relocating to her hometown of Little Rock in 2001. Her practice focuses on employment investigations and litigation, including class actions and collective actions. Kaemmerling regularly provides advice and training regarding employment law compliance. In addition to her employment practice, Kaemmerling leads WLJ e-Discovery Solutions, the firm’s electronic discovery division. She also serves in firm management as leader of the Labor & Employment team. Kaemmerling has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, Mid-South Super Lawyers and as a “Leader in the Field” by Chambers USA.
Director at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
CINDY W. KOLB practices in the areas of employment law, insurance defense, and insurance coverage. She regularly speaks on employment law and HR-related topics for SHRM-affiliates and other industry groups around the state. Cindy served as the 2014 Chair of the Employment Law and Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference, hosted by the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management State Council. She is also an active member of the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association (CAHRA) and was the President for 2020; was the VP of Communications for 2019; the VP for Special Programs for 2017/2018; and was the 2017/2018 Chair of the CAHRA Managers Conference. She co-chaired of the Arkansas Bar Association's 2020 Annual Meeting, co-chaired the 2018 Arkansas Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting, and served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Arkansas Bar Association in 2012/2013. She is a member of the Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court. Cindy serves on the Board and Finance Committee of the Museum of Discovery. Cindy graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and has been practicing law for over 20 years. She's been named to Best Lawyers in America on multiple occasions.