Mr. McDonald is a shareholder in the Greenville office and practices primarily in the area of employment litigation and advice and counseling. He has been certified as a specialist in employment and labor law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina since 2006. Chuck 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 represents employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes. 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. Chuck 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). For 12 years, Chuck was the shareholder author of the firm’s OD Comply: Wage and Hour Issues and OD Comply: Employment Applications subscriptions which have recently been replaced by the innovative Client Portal which provides multi-state compliance materials. He advises employers on multi-state wage and hour and leave of absence compliance issues. Chuck is Co-Chair of the firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Group.
Chuck has practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for the past 27 years. Prior to joining the firm, Chuck served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable C. Victor Pyle, Jr., Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville, South Carolina. Chuck 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 multi-state policies. Chuck also provides harassment training, performs human resource audits, and audits employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.
Chuck 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).