Our Employment attorneys are experts at managing the relationship between employee and employer. Whether a small start-up with limited staff or a giant manufacturer with thousands of people on the payroll, we have the tact and experience to find the best possible resolution for you.

What We Do

Our Employment Law Practice Group assists clients with a variety of day-to-day personnel and workplace issues, including:

  • Allegations of discrimination and harassment under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, and other anti-discrimination statutes
  • Assisting and advising clients in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor investigations and charges
  • Claims of unpaid overtime and wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act and North Carolina Wage and Hour Act
  • Drafting, review, and negotiation of contractual agreements between employers and employees, such as non-compete agreements and non-solicitation agreements
  • Due diligence reviews of employer policies, procedures, and other handbooks to ensure that employers are complying with state and federal employment laws
  • Trainings and seminars for clients to assist with risk management and mitigation

Our Experience

Our team of lawyers has experience representing clients in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, North Carolina Department of Labor, and North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings. If the matter cannot be resolved in one of these forums and a lawsuit is ultimately filed, you’ll have aggressive and experienced advocates on your side during the entire litigation process.

We continuously represent clients in front of the federal and state courts of North Carolina and we will zealously work to defend your best interests, whether that means conducting discovery, taking depositions, filing dispositive motions, taking your case to trial, or resolving it through negotiations or mediation.

Our Philosophy

The group is led by chair Patrick Flanagan and includes a team of highly accomplished lawyers who are committed to delivering the highest quality legal service. They’ve earned an excellent reputation among employers across North Carolina by:

  • Being accessible and responsive to client needs
  • Always keeping clients informed
  • Knowing and understanding each individual workplace
  • Watching budgets closely
  • Providing excellent client service and value

Contact Us Today For More Information!

The Employment Law Practice Group covers all of North Carolina from our offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington. To contact an attorney, call Patrick Flanagan in our Charlotte office, Katie Weaver Hartzog in our Raleigh office, or Benton Toups in our Wilmington office.


Most Recent Posts

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Katie Terry Joins CSH Law Raleigh Office

Katie Terry | Education & Employment Attorney Raleigh

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Katie Terry has joined the firm’s Raleigh office as an associate attorney with the Education Law and Employment Law practice groups.… Read More

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Meredith FitzGibbon Joins CSH Law Charlotte Office

Meredith Fitzgibbon | Employment Law Attorney | Municipalities & Public Entities Attorney

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Meredith FitzGibbon has joined its Charlotte office as an Associate Attorney. FitzGibbon focuses her practice on civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and defense of municipalities and public entities.… Read More

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Katie Hartzog Presents at NCRLA Expo

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Katie Weaver Hartzog, a partner in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, presented the “Top Reasons Employers Get Into Legal Trouble with Employees” at the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) Expo on Aug. 30. … Read More

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Stephanie Webster Joins CSH Law Charlotte Office

Stephanie Webster | Employment Attorney | Municipalities & Public Entities Attorney | Charlotte, NC

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Stephanie Webster has joined the firm’s Charlotte office. Webster will serve as an attorney in the Employment Law and Municipal & Public Entities Practice Groups.… Read More

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Tips for Hiring Your Seasonal Help

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Stephanie Gaston Poley and Virginia Wooten are featured in the July 2016 edition of At Your Service, the magazine for the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. Their article, “Tips for Hiring Your Seasonal Help,” explains the legal issues that must be considered when hiring seasonal staff. … Read More

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Dan Hartzog Jr. Named Hope Mills Town Attorney

Dan Hartzog, Jr. | Attorney Raleigh

Dan Hartzog, Jr., a municipal and employment law attorney at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), has been named the town attorney for Hope Mills, N.C. Hartzog will assume the town attorney duties on July 1, 2016 in addition to maintaining his current practice at CSH Law.… Read More

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CSH Law to Host CE By the Sea

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On May 20, the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) will host CE By the Sea. The half-day seminar will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CSH Law office in Wilmington. Complimentary CE Credit is available for Workers’ Comp Adjusters (3 hours) and Human Resources Professionals (3 hours – pending).… Read More

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No Facts to Support Hostile Work Environment Claim

Case Results for NC Law

Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal of a federal lawsuit alleging that plaintiff was subjected to a hostile work environment in retaliation for protected speech. The majority of allegations were conclusory and not supported by proper factual allegations.… Read More

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All Claims Against City Dismissed in Lawsuit Brought by Former Police Officer

Case Results for NC Law

Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit brought by a former police officer for a City. The officer had been fired from the City for attending court for a personal matter while on duty, arriving late on three occasions, and failing to prepare proper paperwork for a warrant before submitting a statement saying the warrant had been obtained.… Read More

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N-L-R-Be Careful With Employee Handbooks

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Benton Toups, the Vice-Chair of the Employment Law practice group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was featured in the May 15 online edition of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.… Read More

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Disability for PTSD Claim Dismissed

Case Results for NC Law

Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against a Community College in which he alleged he was discriminated against based on his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder disability, which he obtained during his service in Afghanistan.… Read More

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Community College Teacher Loses on Claims of Employment Discrimination

Case Results for NC Law

Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal in an employment discrimination claim brought by a former community college teacher. Plaintiff brought claims for gender discrimination, race discrimination, and negligent infliction of emotional distress against a community college and two individual defendants.… Read More

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Benton Toups to Speak at Topsail Chamber Event

Benton L. Toups | Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney Wilmington

Benton Toups addresses the Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce about “What Employers Need to Know About Labor Law” and the basics of employment laws, how they impact small businesses and the increase in statutory regulation that comes with growth.… Read More

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CSH Law Attorneys Successfully Defend Fire Department

Case Results for NC Law

Paul Derrick and Katie Weaver Hartzog successfully defended a local fire department and its chief facing claims for wrongful discharge, violations of civil rights, violations of union organizing rights, and First Amendment restraint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of NC. … Read More

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Sexual Harassment and Defamation Claims Dismissed against City

Case Results for NC Law

Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained summary judgment on behalf of a City in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.C. with regard to plaintiff’s claims of Title VII retaliation and constructive discharge, defamation, and interference with prospective contract. … Read More

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Bolick Defends College Facing Claims of Sexual Harassment

Case Results for NC Law

Ryan Bolick obtained summary judgment on behalf of a college in the Middle District of North Carolina dismissing Plaintiff’s Title VII claims of sexual harassment. Plaintiff alleged that certain actions of her supervisor, including winking and leaning over her desk created a hostile work environment.… Read More

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Bolick Wins Summary Judgment for County Board of Elections

Case Results for NC Law

Ryan Bolick obtained summary judgment on behalf of a County Board of Elections in the Eastern District of North Carolina as to all Plaintiff’s claims under Title VII for failure to promote based on alleged discrimination of race, gender and retaliation.… Read More

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Derrick and Jolly Defend Fire Department in Federal Suit

Case Results for NC Law

Paul Derrick and Melody Jolly represented a local fire department and its chief in this action involving claims for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliatory discharge, and First Amendment restraint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NC. … Read More

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Firefighter Kept Loaded Gun in his Locker

Case Results for NC Law

Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained summary judgment on all claims in a lawsuit brought by a firefighter against a City. The case involved a firefighter who was terminated after a loaded gun was discovered in his locker on City grounds.… Read More