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He litigates labor and employment cases involving FMLA, discrimination and wage & hour claims. Richard is a frequent writer and speaker on employment law topics.
Richard has extensive experience successfully litigating employment disputes on behalf of employers in the courtroom and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. and N.C. Department of Labor. His litigation practice also includes actions involving covenants not to compete, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, employee raiding, fair housing and equal credit. He advises clients on effective and practical methods to prevent exposure to employment law liability under Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, OSHA, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Richard represents a wide range of clients, including a major wireless component manufacturer, county and municipal governments, the nation’s leading coupon processing company, regional and local hospitals and other health care providers, colleges and school systems and also smaller, entrepreneurial enterprises.
Richard has written and lectured widely on a variety of employment law topics, including sexual harassment, drug testing, wage and hour compliance and workplace violence. Richard is the co-editor of the North Carolina Employment Law Letter, which is a monthly publication updating employers on developments in North Carolina and federal law. His duties as editor ensure that he stays current with new decisions and developments.
Richard has been recognized as one of North Carolina's leading labor and employment law attorneys with the following distinctions:
Smith v. Cabarrus County Schools, 2009 WL 2486331 (W.D.N.C. 2009)
Jackson v. Mecklenburg County, 2008 WL 2982468 (W.D.N.C. 2008)
Brooks v. Microsoft Corp., 2004 WL 474145 (4th Cir. 2004) (Summary judgment obtained in disability discrimination case)
Sutton v. Zemex Corp., 261 F.Supp.2d 392 (W.D.N.C. 2003) (Summary judgment obtained in sex harassment case)
Alderman v. Inmar Enterprises, Inc., 201 F.Supp.2d 532 (M.D.N.C. 2002) (Summary judgment obtained in age discrimination case)
Hatton v. Thomasville Furniture Industries, 2001 WL 52679 (4th Cir. 2001) (Summary judgment obtained in race discrimination case)
Woody v. Walters, 54 F.Supp.2d 574 (W.D.N.C. 1999) (Summary judgment obtained in ERISA benefits case)
Dewitt v. Mecklenburg County, 73 F.Supp.2d 589 (W.D.N.C. 1999) (Summary judgment obtained in sex discrimination and retaliation case)
Wilson v. McDaniel and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, 54 FEP Cases 1499 (M.D.N.C. 1991), affirmed 935 F.2d 1289 (4th Cir. 1991) (Title VII race discrimination case on which summary judgment was granted)
Richardson v. Cabarrus County Board of Education, 151 F.3d 1030, 1948 WL 371999 (4th Cir. 1998) (Dismissal obtained of Title VII case involving claims of race discrimination in promotion decisions)
Morrocco v. Goodwill Industries, 61 FEP Cases 1547 (M.D.N.C. 1993) (Summary judgment obtained in pregnancy discrimination case)
Glenn v. Baluss, 884 F.2d 1388, 1989 WL 100559 (4th Cir. 1989) (Summary judgment obtained in constitutional due process and First Amendment rights case).
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