Most of us work somewhere. We’re either employers or employees. Each of us spends more time working than anything else. And there are rules. Written. Unwritten. Codes and laws and standards. Our work culture is regulated by a robust legal landscape that is dynamic and sometimes confusing. But it doesn’t have to be us against them. We. They.
Lawyall.com is an employment law blog for everybody who cares about work: employers, employees and the lawyers who serve them. Now more than ever, the American employer and employee each face challenges that previous generations have not. From artificial intelligence to declining skill sets that risk falling short of current demands, labor and capital are in this together. Each side has a voice. Each side has expectations. Rights. Obligations.
If management and workers don’t know the rules, don’t know the expectations, each will consume the other in a circular firing squad. There are good debates to be had about whether our American workplace is over-regulated, but let’s be practical and understand the world we work in. Let’s notice where we are. Because we can learn to work and play well together.
Peter Rutledge is an employment litigator and counselor. For nearly twenty years, he has litigated a variety of employment disputes, including claims for wrongful discharge, workplace harassment, and unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and disability. His diverse practice calls upon a deep knowledge in the areas of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Peter represents clients before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
Mr. Rutledge also litigates business disputes, involving claims for breaches of contract, unfair competition, tortious interference with contract, and claims arising under the Trade Secrets Act.
For nearly twenty years, Peter has enjoyed counseling clients in the area of compliance with human resources and employer obligations. For employers, he prepares a variety of human resource and employment-related documents, like employment handbooks and policies, employment contracts, executive employment agreements, and non-compete agreements.
Before attending law school, Peter served in the United States Army in the Adjutant General Corps and is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also had some other jobs that were less cool. He is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Peter is a frequent speaker on a variety of employment related issues.