Understanding Trade Secrets

Most businesses in today’s competitive climate rely on the talents of its employees. Employees are often undervalued as a company’s asset – that is, until they leave to join a competitor or start their own business, at which time their value is more realistically assessed.  There is no doubt former employees retain information in their [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Business Litigation, Non-Compete Litigation, trade secrets|Comments Off on Understanding Trade Secrets

Wrongful Termination

Do you know your rights after being wrongly fired from a job? South Carolina is often touted as a top state for doing business, namely for its labor climate as a “right-to-work” state, which really means a “right to fire” state. “Employment at will” allows employers to terminate and employee “for a good reason, bad reason [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Employment Law|Comments Off on Wrongful Termination

Employment Discrimination: An Overview

In South Carolina, the unfortunate reality for employees is that you can be fired for any reason at all, even without cause. Fairness is not the standard, at least not the written standard.  However, there are exceptions to at-will employment, and the primary statutory exceptions are for race, sex, age, pregnancy, and disability discrimination.  A South [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|Discrimination, Employment Law|Comments Off on Employment Discrimination: An Overview

Executive and Employment Contracts

Most employees do not have a written employment contract, although some do. And as non-compete agreements have become more prevalent, so have employment contracts. Generally, an employment contracts is the first resort for considering an employee’s legal rights, options and risks. In specific instances, an employee handbook can be an implied contract. Horton Law Firm [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Employment Law, Non-Compete Litigation|Comments Off on Executive and Employment Contracts

Wage and Hour Litigation

South Carolina has no state laws pertaining to overtime, meal periods or breaks. There are also no state laws mandating paid or unpaid leave or holiday pay. However, the South Carolina Wage Payment Statute requires employers to pay employees what they are promised, whether it be wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, vacation pay, or paid sick [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Employment Law, Litigation, Unpaid wages|Comments Off on Wage and Hour Litigation

What Does a South Carolina Employee Need to Do Before Filing an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit?

Employment discrimination comes in many forms, but only certain types of discrimination against employees are legally prohibited in South Carolina. The law prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on several protected categories, including age, race, sex, disability, pregnancy, and a few others. The also prohibits an employer retaliating against an employee who complains about or [...]

By | June 20th, 2017|Discrimination, EEOC, Employment Law|Comments Off on What Does a South Carolina Employee Need to Do Before Filing an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit?

Does Your Employer Owe You Unpaid Overtime?

Perhaps the better question is: Have you been misclassified by your South Carolina employer as exempt from being paid overtime? Unpaid overtime is an increasingly common complaint in South Carolina and across the county. I’ve written previously about some initial questions that a South Carolina employee needs to ask an experienced South Carolina unpaid overtime lawyer [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Employment Law, FLSA, Overtime, Unpaid wages|Comments Off on Does Your Employer Owe You Unpaid Overtime?

Non-Compete Agreements: Beat Your Non-Compete

The number of U.S. court decisions involving non-compete agreements have risen 61% since 2002, according to research commissioned by the Wall Street Journal. With most cases settled out of court, we know that non-compete agreements are much more widespread. Experienced South Carolina non-compete attorney Andy Arnold has seen firsthand how non-competes can stifle a person’s [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Employment Law, Non-Compete Litigation|Comments Off on Non-Compete Agreements: Beat Your Non-Compete