Cheryl L. Behymer: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Cheryl L. Behymer

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.
Phone(803) 255-0000

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Affirmative Action
  • Complex Litigation
  • Harassment in the Workplace
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs - OFCCP
  • Sex Discrimination
University California State University, Fullerton, CA, B.A., 1976
Law SchoolCatholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC, J.D., cum laude, 1994
Admitted1994, Virginia; 1995, Maryland and South Carolina; 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; Maryland Court of Appeals; South Carolina Supreme Court; Supreme Court 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


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.


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


Guiding Your Company Through OFCCP Compliance
April 28, 2014

Making Your Company Part Of The Solution: Legal Compliance With Child And Forced Labor Laws
September 1, 2013

Love Hurts at the Workplace
September 1, 2008

EEOC and OFCCP Focus on Systemic Discrimination: Recruiting Procedures In the Line of Fire
May 8, 2007

OFCCP Director Shiu Outlines Office's Plans During Lively Q&A with Federal Contractors During Annual SWARM ILG Conference

Legal Alerts

Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
September 8, 2015

Executive Order Protects Federal Contractor LGBT Workers
July 22, 2014

President Obama Delivers Double Dose of Wage-Related Rules to Employers
April 10, 2014

Construction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules
March 31, 2014

Quotes and Soundbites

Strong Reactions to Requiring Contractors to Give Paid Leave
September 10, 2015

Paid Sick Leave Order? Add It to the List of In-House Concerns
September 10, 2015

Paid Sick Leave Executive Order for Federal Contractors Drafted
August 7, 2015

Executive Order Requires New Labor Disclosures
August 4, 2014

Let's Talk About Pay Equality in the Workplace
April 11, 2014

Devil In Details For Contractors In New Equal Pay Data Rule
April 10, 2014

Executive Order Prohibits Pay ‘Gag Order' Among Contractors
April 9, 2014

Rules Set Goals For Hiring Vets, Disabled People
September 8, 2013

Preoffer Invitation to Self-Identify as Disabled Concerns Federal Contractors
September 5, 2013

Review Period on Compensation Audits Ripe for Contractor to Reassess Practices
February 13, 2012

Pay Discrimination Tool Could Burden Employers, OFCCP
September 16, 2011

Newsletter Articles

Hospitals Are Still In The OFCCP's Crosshairs
May 1, 2015

OFCCP Setting Its Sights On TRICARE Providers?
May 5, 2014

Compliance With Child And Forced-Labor Laws
November 5, 2013

Court Upholds OFCCP's Jurisdiction Over Healthcare Providers
May 1, 2013

Preparing for and Surviving an OFCCP Compliance Review
October 1, 2012

The OFCCP Extends Its Reach To Healthcare Providers
February 1, 2011


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,

OFCCP Update
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,


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


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Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
Cheryl L. Behymer,Richard R. Meneghello,Thomas P. Rebel, September 10, 2015
President Obama used Labor Day 2015 to send a strong signal about his domestic priorities, signing an Executive Order which will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to seven or more days of paid sick leave per year. Employers have some time to come into...

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Cheryl L. Behymer

1320 Main Street
ColumbiaSC 29201


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