Cheryl Behymer is a partner in the Columbia office and co-chair of the firm’s Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group. She assists clients by providing timely and practical counsel and training in affirmative action, workplace harassment, immigration compliance, employee leave issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other labor and employment issues. Cheryl defends employers who are responding to administrative charges, actively involved in litigation, or are participating in compliance reviews conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She prepares affirmative action plans for federal contractors and subcontractors and assists clients with self-audits. She also defends employers in multi-plaintiff lawsuits, including class actions based on Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions. In addition, Cheryl assists employers in protecting their confidential and trade secret information, as well as enforcing and defending covenants not to compete. Cheryl is Past Chair of the South Carolina Diversity Council, a partner of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce devoted to encouraging, supporting and educating employers as they seek to increase diversity in the workplace. She is also a Board Member with the Palmetto Center for Women, an affiliate of the YMCA. Cheryl is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and she was selected for inclusion in South Carolina Super Lawyers.
Maryland Court of Appeals
South Carolina Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Certified as a Labor and Employment Specialist by the South Carolina Supreme Court
Frequently speaks at seminars on employment-related topics such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, internal workplace investigations, employee discipline, and affirmative action, including preparing for and defending an OFCCP compliance review
Published in local, regional, and national business publications on these and other topics such as electronic issues in the workplace
Eight Attorneys Selected to S.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists
April 22, 2016
Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015
Eight Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists
April 24, 2015
Fisher & Phillips Attorney Elected to Executive Committee of South Carolina Chamber
December 9, 2010
Fisher & Phillips Attorney to Head Diversity Council
January 4, 2010
Preparation, Prevention, Policy – A Labor and Employment Law Guide: One Day, Many Solutions Columbia
May 4, 2016
OFCCP Update for HR: Master 2016's Biggest Compliance Hurdles
December 16, 2015
The EEO/Federal Contractor's Liaison Association - Fall Seminar
October 16, 2015
20-Minute Summary: OFCCP Key Updates
September 3, 2014
When the OFCCP Knocks: How to Prepare for an Audit and Onsite
April 29, 2014
New OFCCP Compensation Discrimination Guidelines Signal Significant Changes for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Step-by-Step Directive 307 Review - Webinar
September 25, 2013
ILG National Conference 2013 - Indianapolis, IN
July 30, 2013
AAP 101 - Columbia, SC
January 23, 2013
EEOC and OFCCP Memorandum of Understanding - Charlotte, NC
December 1, 2012
They're Here! What to Do When the OFCCP Visits - Waikoloa, Hawaii
August 30, 2012
Planning for and Surviving an Audit in this New Regulatory Landscape – Charlotte, NC
June 7, 2012
Are We There Yet? A Roadmap to Affirmative Action Compliance – Charlotte, NC
February 8, 2011
HR Issues in the Healthcare Industry – Columbia, SC
February 3, 2011
"They're Here!! -What to Do When the OFCCP Visits"
National Industry Liaison Group Conference - Waikoloa, HI,
"Planning for and Surviving an Audit in This New Regulatory Landscape"
The Inaugural 2012 Southeast Industry Liaison Group Regional Conference - Charlotte, NC,
"New Initiatives and New Policies in the New Year"
Society for Human Resource Management - Orangeburg, SC,
"A Roadmap for Affirmative Action Compliance"
The Employers Association - Charlotte, NC,
South Carolina Industry Liaison Group Winter Conference - Columbia, SC,
"The OFCCP: Changes in Attitude"
Charlotte Area Liaison Group – Charlotte, NC,
"Affirmative Action Works - Get The Company Buy-In and Make Your Plan Work"
2011 National Industry Liaison Group Conference - New Orleans, LA,
"Using Electronics Effectively in Affirmative Action and Worksite Immigration Compliance"
2010 National Industry Liaison Group Conference - Las Vegas, NV,