Ashley Owens Hopkins

Ashley Hopkins is an experienced litigator and counselor on employment law issues, in addition to years of practice in tort and insurance defense. She has trial experience in employment cases involving discrimination and retaliation under several federal statutes, including the ADA, FMLA and FLSA. In addition, she frequently counsels clients on non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employee handbooks and other day-to-day employment issues.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Sixth Circuit: No Accommodation Without Documentation

2015 Employment Law Update

speaker and drafter, UK Employment Law CLE, June 2016

Supreme Court Ruling and Your Pregnant Employees

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
American Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, committee member
Leadership Lexington, 2010-11 Class
Community Involvement

American Inns of Court

Leadership Lexington, Graduate (2010-11)

Alzheimer’s Association Walk, Stites & Harbison team member and fundraiser

Stites & Harbison Wellness Committee

Young Friends of the Bluegrass Conservancy

American Diabetes Association, former Community Leadership Board member

More Than Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining the firm, Ashley worked for Deloitte Consulting in Dallas. She was also a summer clerk for the Hon. Joseph M. Hood, Eastern District of Kentucky. Ashley is a graduate of the 2010-11 Leadership Lexington class. In addition, she was recently nominated as a member of the American Inns of Court. She is also an active member of Stites & Harbison’s Wellness Committee, which promotes healthy living in the workplace. Ashley enjoys being outdoors, reading books, and spending time with friends and family.

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Client Alerts

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Stites & Harbison has assembled a Coronavirus Response Team which consists of a cross-disciplinary task force of attorneys and critical staff members to ensure our firm remains “On the Job” for you. Updated 08/03/20

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 30, 2020
Client Alerts

Older Workers Cannot Be Barred from Returning to Work: How to Be Mindful about Returning Older Employees to the Workplace

On June 11, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidelines to state that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) “would prohibit a covered employer from involuntarily excluding an individual from the workplace based on his or her [age] being 65 or older, even if the employer acted for benevolent reasons such as protecting the employee due to higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”

by Calesia Henson and Ashley Owens Hopkins June 19, 2020
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit: No Accommodation Without Documentation

Navigating an employee’s request for an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can feel like walking a tightrope—an employee’s requested accommodation may appear to exceed the limits of all reasonableness, but it can be difficult to know when an employer can finally say “no” without fear of liability. A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit provides helpful guidance on this issue.

by Ashley Owens Hopkins and Robin E. McGuffin March 11, 2020
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit: Perfect Attendance Policies Must Not Disadvantage Employees Who Take FMLA Leave

Many employers have policies that reward perfect attendance in some fashion. A recent ruling from the Sixth Circuit makes clear that, in many cases, such policies must not consider leave taken pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) as something that “resets” the employee’s attendance streak.

by Ashley Owens Hopkins and Robin E. McGuffin August 13, 2019
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Promotes Five Attorneys in 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that five attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2019.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2019
Client Alerts

Supreme Court Ruling and Your Pregnant Employees

Does your business have a pregnant employee? Has that pregnant employee ever had a work restriction? If you answered “yes” to either question, this article is for you. In March 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court...
by Ashley Owens Hopkins August 28, 2015