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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: North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006 - present); North Carolina Legal Elite (2006 - 2007); The Best Lawyers in America© (2005-present) and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business (2004 - present).
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