Mary counsels employers on compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act. Mary also defends employers in federal and state courts as well as in administrative agency proceedings, such as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor, in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage payment disputes.
Mary has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating all employment-related agreements on behalf of both employers and employees, including employment agreements, retention agreements, settlement agreements, employee leasing agreements, confidentiality agreements and covenants not to compete. She also routinely counsels clients on covenants not to compete, trade secrets, employment termination and severance, retaliation, drug testing, policies and handbooks, contract issues, and other employment matters.
Mary graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as the Publication Editor of the North Carolina Law Review.