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Kevin S. Joyner

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Mr. Joyner represents employers in a myriad of employment-related and complex commercial matters, including litigation involving discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and other claims, and matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Mr. Joyner has extensive experience representing employers in wage and hour class action and collective action defense, particularly involving alleged tip credit violations in the restaurant industry and misclassification of exemption from overtime status. He has represented employers in multiple lawsuits brought by the EEOC as well as EEOC pattern and practice class administrative investigations.  Mr. Joyner also has extensive experience in litigating high stakes matters in the context of motions seeking temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief matters involving restrictive covenant (non-compete, non-solicit, no-raiding, confidentiality agreements), misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair competition, and related cases.

Mr. Joyner enjoys providing thoughtful, creative counsel to employers seeking effective solutions on matters of wage and hour compliance, employee discipline and termination, enforcement and implementation of employment policies, workplace investigations and reductions in force. He also regularly prepares and reviews multi-state compensation and incentive pay plans, and prepares and reviews policy and procedure manuals and employee handbooks, and drafts employment and executive agreements, covenants not to compete, severance agreements, and settlement agreements.

He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment since 2016, and he was named as a North Carolina Rising Star for 2009, 2010, and 2011, a distinction awarded to attorneys under the age of 40 based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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