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He guides clients through labor and employment issues and dispute resolution, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination claims. John also has extensive experience in privacy rights and data security, and frequently writes and speaks on those issues.
John devotes his practice to representing businesses and individuals in the ever-changing area of labor and employment law. Whether helping his clients avoid litigation by guiding them through the maze of statutes and regulations, or aggressively representing them in lawsuits or arbitration, John offers advice and assistance on effective and practical methods to prevent exposure to employment law liability. In addition, John handles business litigation involving employee raiding, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, and covenants not to compete. As part of his practice, John assists clients in drafting and enforcing effective employment contracts and covenants not to compete. John routinely assists his clients with discrimination and harassment claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA and equivalent state laws; claims of wrongful termination and retaliation; and violation of wage and commission payment law. John regularly appears in employment and litigation matters before numerous state and federal administrative agencies and courts, both at the trial level and appellate level.
John also works with businesses in the increasingly complex area of privacy rights laws and data security. As part of his commitment to serving the needs of businesses and employers, John conducts training seminars and presentations for management and industry groups on the constant changes in employment law, social media, and privacy rights. John is a frequent speaker and author on employment-related issues.
John is the principal author of three Firm blogs:
Association of Corporate Counsel Docket Magazine - “Enemies at the Gate – Or Are They Already Inside” (co-author) (October 2011)
Privacy & Security Law Report, Bloomberg BNA f/k/a The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Vol. 6, No. 32 - “Disloyal Employees and the Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Private Information” (co-author) (August 2007)
Commerce Magazine, a publication of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Issue 2 - “Identity Theft: What Every Business Needs to Know” (2006)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update - "Anyone Have a Crystal Ball? Employment Law Issues Under the Trump Administration" (June 2017)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update - "Employment Tests and Assessment Tools" and "2016 Employment Law Update) (June 2016
Wake Forest University – Charlotte Campus – “Diversity and Employment Law” (March 2016)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update – “FMLA and ADA Update” (June 2015)
North Carolina Association of Staffing Professionals – “The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan – A Halftime Analysis” (March 2015)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update – “FMLA and ADA Update” (June 2014)
Forsyth-Stokes-Davie County Medical Society - “Legally Compliant Employee Screening and Monitoring” (March 2014)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update - “Discrimination and Retaliation Law: Lessons and Trends for 2013-2014” (June 2013)
Winston-Salem Medical Group Managers - “Effective Background and Criminal History Screening” (November 2012)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update - “Effective Hiring Practices and Employee Screening” (June 2012)
Winston-Salem Medical Group Managers - “Effective Social Media Policies” (November 2011)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update - “Effective Social Media Policies” (June 2011)
Winston-Salem State University - Panel Discussion on Privacy, Technology, and the Law (February 2011)
Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce - Cyber Security Panel Discussion, Panelist (September 2010)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update - “A Legal Update on the Americans With Disabilities Act” (June 2010)
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP Lunch and Learn - “Enemies at the Gate – Or Are They Already Inside” (March 2010 / April 2010)
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update - “Managing Technology in the Workplace – E-Mail, Privacy, and Data Security” (June 2009)
North Carolina College and University Professionals Association – “Expanded Disability Rights Under the ADA Amendment” (April 2009)
Rotary Club of Winston-Salem - “Identity Theft: Legislation, Legal Risks, and Best Practices” (July 2007)
Family Business Center of the Triad - “Data Security and Identity Theft” (October 2006)
CAHEC Partners Conference - “Data Security and Identity Theft” (June 2006)
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