Charles E. McDonald, III
My name is Chuck McDonald and I am a shareholder in the Greenville office and I practice primarily in the area of employment litigation. I was certified as a specialist in employment and labor law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 2006. I represent 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. I also counsel employers regarding wage and hour matters such as employee compensation, exempt/nonexempt status, overtime compensation, minimum wage payments, and off-the-clock work issues. I represent employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes. I also represent employers in noncompete matters, trade secrets, and counsel employers in reduction-in-force situations to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). I am the shareholder author of the firm’s O-D Comply: Wage and Hour Issues and O-D- Comply: Employment Applications subscriptions.
Additionally, I have practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for the past 19 years. Prior to joining the firm, I served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable C. Victor Pyle, Jr., Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville, South Carolina. I litigate all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts, drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, and noncompete agreements. I also draft and review policy and procedure manuals, employee handbooks, contracts, and similar policies. I also provide harassment training, perform human resource audits, and audit employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.
I am 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).
Over the past 19 years, I have 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. I have also represented clients in a number of class action discrimination cases and collective actions for violations under the FLSA. I regularly represent clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, and services industry. I also represent a number of governmental agencies.
Education and Honors
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1995
B.A., cum laude, Clemson University, 1992
- Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina
- South Carolina Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015)
- 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
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "It's All In The Cards: The Legal And Practical Pros And Cons Of Payroll Cards" - Las Vegas - May 8, 2014
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce" - New Orleans - May 9, 2013
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce" - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "It’s All In How You Say It: Preparing Discipline and Medical Leave Documentation" - Chicago - May 12, 2011
- South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Institute - "Understanding Wage & Hour Law" - Columbia - March 23, 2011
- Spartanburg Development Association - "Avoiding Violations Under The Fair Labor Standards Act" - Greenville - March 8, 2011
- Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - "Year-End Review" - Greenville - January 18, 2011
- Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - "Understanding Wage & Hour Law" - Greenville - November 16, 2010
- Carolina's Conference - "Employment & Labor Law Update" - Myrtle Beach - May 6, 2010
In The News
- May 23, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Minnesota “Ban The Box” Legislation Update"
- January 7, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Series: Concerns Involving Exempt Employees"
- December 5, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Series: Telecommuting Risks and Rewards"
- October 26, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Records of Potential Off-the-Clock Work Violations: GPS Tracking Devices"
- October 11, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Documentation of Potential Off-the-Clock Work Violations via Electronic Devices: Are You Prepared?"
- September 20, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Wage and Hour Series: Meal Breaks—A Different Kind of Off-the-Clock Concern"
- August 21, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Recent DOL Activities to Combat Off-The-Clock Work Violations"
- August 8, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Wage and Hour Series: Computers, Equipment, and Tools—Oh My!"
- August 1, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Wage and Hour Series: Examples of Off-The-Clock Work Violations Involving Use of Technology"
- July 5, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce"
- September 28, 2011 - Inside Counsel - "Labor: Are Your Meal Break Practices Lawful?"
- 2005/2012 - Legal Reference Series, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - "Wages, Hours and Overtime Issues for SC and NC Employers"