Charles E. McDonald, III

Shareholder || Greenville

Mr. McDonald is a shareholder in the Greenville office and practices primarily in the area of employment litigation and advise and counseling. He was certified as a specialist in employment and labor law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 2006. Mr. McDonald represents a variety of employers in employment litigation matters ranging from breach of employment contracts to cases involving discrimination in areas of race, sex, age, and disability in both individual and class actions. He also counsels employers regarding wage and hour matters such as employee compensation, exempt/nonexempt status, overtime compensation, minimum wage payments, and off-the-clock work issues. He represents employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes. Mr. McDonald also represents employers in noncompete matters, trade secrets, and counsels employers in reduction-in-force situations to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). Mr. McDonald is the shareholder author of the firm’s OD Comply: Wage and Hour Issues and OD Comply: Employment Applications subscriptions. He advises employers on multi-state wage and hour compliance issues. He is also a member of the firm’s Wage and Hour Steering Committee.

Mr. McDonald has practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for the past 21 years. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McDonald served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable C. Victor Pyle, Jr., Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. McDonald litigates all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts, drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, and noncompete agreements. He also drafts and reviews policy and procedure manuals, employee handbooks, contracts, and similar policies. Mr. McDonald also provides harassment training, performs human resource audits, and audits employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.

Mr. McDonald is admitted to practice in the State of South Carolina (1995), the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (1997), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1999).

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Over the past 21 years, Mr. McDonald has represented clients in all aspects of employment litigation, including race, sex, age, and disability lawsuits, retaliation, breach of employment contract cases, general contract actions, noncompete cases, and wage and hour cases. Mr. McDonald has also represented clients in a number of class action discrimination cases and collective actions for violations under the FLSA. Mr. McDonald regularly represents clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, and services industry. Mr. McDonald also represents a number of governmental agencies.

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Professional Activities

  • Former Chairperson of the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section
  • Greenville Bar Association
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  • Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Graduate, Leadership Greenville Class XXXII
  • Graduate, South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative Upstate Class VIII

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