Maynard Nexsen’s experienced and nationally recognized Employment & Labor Law group provides a comprehensive range of services. These include advice and counsel, training, and litigation of claims before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts. The Firm has earned the distinction as a leading Employment & Labor Practice by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Devoted to the representation of management in all aspects of Employment and Labor Law, our practice group currently consists of more than 50 lawyers, many of whom have been recognized as among the best in their profession in various rankings, including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation.

We believe the best way to defend against Employment and Labor disputes is to avoid them, so we also assist clients through proper planning, management training, development of effective policies and practices, and audits that expose potential issues and shape appropriate responses. At the same time, however, our attorneys have the litigation skills to aggressively pursue any matter through trial when it is in the best interests of the employers we represent.

In addition to the team of lawyers who concentrate their practices in the areas of Employment and Labor Law, the firm has many other skilled lawyers who are experienced in handling employment-related matters involving Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Immigration, and Healthcare issues, just to name a few.

Complete capabilities in multiple areas

Maynard Nexsen’s Employment & Labor Group represents management in both union and non-union environments. We have successfully handled matters involving all aspects of the employment relationship, including:

  • Arbitrations and mediations
  • Business immigration
  • Discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims
  • Employee benefits design and administration
  • Employee benefits litigation
  • Executive contracts and compensation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act issues
  • Individual employee and class action suits
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Reductions in force and plant closings
  • Trade secret protection and litigation
  • Union representation elections and unfair labor practices
  • Wage and hour compliance and litigation
  • Whistleblower investigations and lawsuits

As Maynard Nexsen has grown, we have applied innovative technologies that leverage our resources without increasing expense. We continue to reinforce a firm-wide commitment to providing the best, most professional service at the greatest possible value.

Employment Litigation and Arbitration

Maynard Nexsen’s team of lawyers regularly defends management in virtually all types of employment litigation and arbitration and tries cases in both state and federal courts and before arbitrators in employment claims including:

  • Employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and various other federal employment statutes
  • Collective actions under the FLSA and class action suits under Title VII, Section 1981, and the ADEA
  • Claims of sexual harassment, racial harassment, and other types of workplace harassment
  • Claims under the FMLA
  • Claims of retaliation under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act and various federal employment laws
  • Claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state wage-hour laws; Workers’ Compensation lawsuits
  • Breach of employment contract, including non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secrets, litigation
  • State law employment torts such as negligent hiring, supervision and retention, fraud, defamation, co-employee, outrage, assault and battery, invasion of privacy and tortious interference
Administrative Litigation and Practice

In addition to the traditional employment litigation practice, the firm’s Employment and Labor attorneys regularly represent employers in administrative proceedings before various federal and state agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Department of Industrial Relations.

Preventive and Compliance Counseling

Maynard Nexsen’s Employment and Labor Practice offers a variety of preventive counseling and compliance assistance. Depending on the needs of the client, the firm provides various forms of training including anti-harassment, diversity, supervisory, and other management training. The firm also offers employment handbook and collective bargaining reviews, equal employment, wage and hour and other employment law compliance audits, and investigations of grievances and complaints, including complaints of sexual or other harassment.


The attorneys in Maynard Nexsen’s Immigration Practice combine their knowledge of federal and state employment law and federal and state immigration law to provide comprehensive guidance to our clients on the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations in the immigration arena. To read more about Maynard Nexsen’s Immigration Practice click here.

Labor Relations and Employment Law Developments

Maynard Nexsen represents employers in the labor relations arena and provides assistance in union organizing campaigns and labor contract negotiations. For clients with union contracts or with mandatory arbitration programs, the firm routinely tries arbitration cases involving all types of Employment and Labor issues. In addition, the firm regularly counsels employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws. Our attorneys also monitor new and cutting-edge developments in the Employment and Labor arena and provide client updates on these matters.

Whether it be litigation or legal counseling, the goal of Maynard Nexsen’s Employment and Labor Practice is to partner with each and every client to provide ongoing sound legal advice and representation that contributes to the success of their business operations.

Services that educate and protect

At Maynard Nexsen, we understand that litigation costs significant time and money and distracts organizations from their missions. Our employment and labor attorneys, whose overriding goal is to recognize and prevent potential problems before they result in a claim, help clients develop employment policies and training programs, and devise solutions to complex personnel situations.

Full service, full resources

Because Maynard Nexsen is a full-service firm, our clients have access to the complete strength, skill, and resources that go beyond the Employment and Labor Group. With many other practice areas — including antitrust, construction, tax, real estate, corporate, intellectual property, and business immigration — we have the knowledge and capabilities to shape specific solutions to specific problems.

In addition to domestic employment issues, Maynard Nexsen lawyers bring global perspective and skills to their work. Many of our attorneys are fluent in foreign languages. Others help U.S.-based employers manage their overseas workforces.







Employment Law Certificate Series

The 2024 Session is underway. Check our events page to view upcoming dates and information on our current sessions as well as a review of our past sessions.

Employment Law Certificate Series Events Page


Maynard Nexsen’s employment law certificate series is Bringing Clarity to Workplace Complexity in 2024. This has become the go-to employment law certification series for professionals throughout the Carolinas interested in staying up to speed on the latest issues and trends in labor and employment law. Sessions will be held in webinar format through WebEx. Upon completion of each course, certificates will be issued to registrants who participated. North Carolina and South Carolina CLE & SHRM credits are pending.

Questions? Email cdingler@maynardnexsen.com

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