Listed below are but a few accomplishments Smith Law Firm, P.C., was able to achieve for its clients in the recent past in the areas of employment law, labor law, and North Carolina workers compensation law.
- NLRB Dismissal
The firm was successful in getting the NLRB to dismiss an unfair labor charge stemming from problems for a client due to the unrest in Charlotte following a police shooting.
- Labor Arbitration
Mr. Smith was successful in a labor arbitration in upholding the dismissal of a bus operator who struck a patron.
- EEOC Charges
Smith Law Firm, P.C., was successful in obtaining dismissals of numerous charges brought before the EEOC alleging age, sex, and race discrimination, including the representation of a regional law firm, an engineering firm, and a NASCAR team.
- Company Handbook and Policies
Mr. Smith counseled and assisted in the drafting of the employee handbook and policy manual for a company that owns numerous automotive dealerships in North and South Carolina and a company that has a national operation for the installation and monitoring of computer systems.
- Department of Labor
Mr. Smith negotiated with the Department of Labor to significantly reduce the amount initially sought it owed back wages by 75%.
- Employer Advising
Mr. Smith advised a commercial painting contractor client on the implications of a recent NLRB decision concerning joint employers.
- Workers’ Compensation
The Smith Law firm successfully defended a claim by an employee who claimed because he received an underpayment in his disability amount, the two year period to seek additional treatment had not run because there had not been a “last payment.” The Court of Appeals held for Smith Law Firm’s client. Lewis v. Transit Management of Charlotte, Inc.
- Unemployment Benefits
Elizabeth conducted a seminar for a client on how to best prevent a finding that an employee who has been released from employment is qualified for unemployment benefits. In the same vein, she successfully defended claims for employers over the last few months.
- Consultation / Negotiation
Mr. Smith provided advice and counsel to numerous employees of a major home improvement company upon a reduction in force.
Elizabeth successfully guided an independent truck driver through a dispute with his company.
Smith Law Firm was successful in obtaining a favorable ruling on behalf of a private flight services attendant in the arbitration of a contract which contained a covenant not to compete.
- Workers’ Compensation
Mr. Smith convinced a worker’s compensation carrier to instate temporary total disability benefits for an employee of a major company who had injured his back when his claim was initially denied due to inaccurate information provided by his supervisor as an attempt to not have a reportable injury on his record.
- Sexual Harassment/Workers’ Compensation
Mr. Smith was able to obtain a settlement on behalf of an employee who was assaulted by a superior and had both a workers’ compensation claim and a claim of sexual harassment.
- Wrongful Termination
Elizabeth and Mr. Smith helped an employee who was terminated against public policy in negotiating a successful settlement with their former employer.
Similarly, Elizabeth and Mr. Smith helped an employee who had been terminated in breach of their employment contract negotiate a successful settlement with their former employer.