Cheryl L. Behymer

Partner

Columbia Office

(803) 255-0000 phone
(803) 255-0202 fax
(803) 730-3622 cell

cbehymer@laborlawyers.com




Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC
    J.D. 1994, cum laude
  • California State University, Fullerton, CA
    B.A. 1976
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.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

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

Professional Activities

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

Recognition

Fisher & Phillips Attorney Elected to Executive Committee of South Carolina Chamber
December 9, 2010

Fisher & Phillips Attorney to Head Diversity Council
January 4, 2010

Presentations

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,
2012

"Planning for and Surviving an Audit in This New Regulatory Landscape"
The Inaugural 2012 Southeast Industry Liaison Group Regional Conference - Charlotte, NC,
2012

"New Initiatives and New Policies in the New Year"
Society for Human Resource Management - Orangeburg, SC,
2012

"A Roadmap for Affirmative Action Compliance"
The Employers Associaton - Charlotte, NC,
2012

"OFCCP Update"
South Carolina Industry Liaison Group Winter Conference - Columbia, SC,
2012

"The OFCCP: Changes in Attitude"
Charlotte Area Liaison Group – Charlotte, NC,
2011

"Affirmative Action Works - Get The Company Buy-In and Make Your Plan Work"
2011 National Industry Liaison Group Conference - New Orleans, LA,
2011

"Using Electronics Effectively in Affirmative Action and Worksite Immigration Compliance"
2010 National Industry Liaison Group Conference - Las Vegas, NV,
2010

Community

Member of the Executive Committee and Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties
Past Chair of the South Carolina Diversity Council, a committee within the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Charlotte Area Industry Liaison Group and the North Carolina/South Industry Liaison Group
Member of the Board of Directors for the Palmetto Center for Women, an affiliate of the YMCA

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC
    J.D. 1994, cum laude
  • California State University, Fullerton, CA
    B.A. 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia