Matthew R. Korn: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Matthew R. Korn

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

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employment Compliance Audits and Counseling
  • Labor Law
  • Litigation of Employment Disputes
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration
University Providence College, Providence, RI, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, J.D., 2010
Admitted2009, New York; South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Matthew Korn is an associate in the Columbia office. He represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Matthew's background includes significant experience in health and safety litigation with the federal government. He uses this experience to counsel clients during government investigations, implementing proactive safety programs, and throughout the litigation process. Matthew also advises clients on day-to-day employment issues arising under statutes such as Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, and the FLSA. Additionally, he assists employers with traditional labor matters, including union avoidance campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, grievance arbitrations, and collective bargaining negotiations. While in law school, Matthew served as a judicial intern for the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Prior to joining the firm, Matthew worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he litigated mine safety and health cases before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. Matthew is also a regular contributor firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog.


Reported Cases

Secretary of Labor v. Dynamic Energy, 33 FMSHRC 1998 (Aug. 31, 2011) (ALJ Paez)

Darnell v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15677 (4th Cir. July 31, 2013)

Professional Activities

Matthew is an Associate Member of the Mining Association of South Carolina (MASC), the North Carolina Aggregates Association (NCAA), and the Georgia Mining Association (GMA) and serves on the Health and Safety Committee of each industry group.

Matthew is also a member of the Health and Safety Committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.


Benefits Outweigh Risks In Criminal Background Checks
May 7, 2012

Limited Liability Company? You May Be Liable For More Than You Thought
April 2, 2012

My Employees' Medical Records are Private, Right?
Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog
April 29, 2013

Quotes and Soundbites

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrator's Decision in Favor of Class Arbitration
June 10, 2013

Newsletter Articles

Strike Two - The EEOC's Failed Attempts To Limit Background Checks
October 1, 2013

MSHA's Still Making Its POV List, But No Longer Checking it Twice
March 1, 2013

Preventing Discrimination Complaints Under The Mine Act: Six Steps To Protect Your Company
January 2, 2013

Preventing Off-Duty Employee Access
November 1, 2012

Getting Off OSHA's "Black List"
October 1, 2012

By The Way, Are You A Criminal?
June 1, 2012

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Disparate-Impact Claims Under The ADEA And The RFOA Defense
May 1, 2012

OSHA's Twin Sister Is In Your Backyard
March 1, 2012


Tattoo Nightmares: Employment Law Concerns Regarding Dress & Appearance Rules - South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association - Greater Greenville Chapter, Greenville, SC (September 2013);

Law and Order: MSHA - The Cutting Edge of MSHA Law - Georgia Mining Association Annual Convention, Ponte Vedra, FL (July 2013);

MSHA Litigation and Regulatory Update: Discrimination Complaints Under the Mine Act - 6th Annual New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference, Socorro, NM (May 2013);

Labor Law Update for the Mining Industry - Mining Association of South Carolina Annual Workshop (April 2013);

Keeping MSHA Out of Your Piggy Bank: Reducing Costly Penalties Before, During, and After MSHA Inspections - North Carolina Aggregates Association Health & Safety Conference, Asheville, NC (March 2013);

Conducting Effective Background Checks: Navigating Federal and State Regulation - East Central Georgia Employer Committee, Thomson, GA (February 2013);

Discrimination Complaints Under the Mine Act: Six Steps to Prevent Complaints and Protect Your Company - North Carolina Mine Safety and Health Law School, Morganton, NC (October 2012);

Is Your Criminal Background Check Policy Consistent with the EEOC's Updated Guidance? -

Webinar (May 2012);

Keeping it Simple: Using the New Procedural Rules to Your Advantage - Mining Association of South Carolina Annual Workshop (April 2012).


Member, Financial Stability Council of the United Way of the Midlands.

Member, Columbia Rotary Club.


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State of the Unions: New Tactics Target Unorganized Workers
Matthew R. Korn, December 9, 2013
If you've been following the news, you probably realize that it has been a busy year for organized labor. The percentage of unionized workers in the private sector has fallen to historic lows, leaving unions with fewer dues-paying members, and motivating them to adopt new tactics to stem the...

Strike Two - The EEOC's Failed Attempts To Limit Background Checks
Matthew R. Korn, October 4, 2013
On August 9, 2013, the EEOC suffered its second defeat of the year in litigation involving employer use of criminal and credit background checks for employment screening. A federal district court in Maryland held that the EEOC’s expert analysis was statistically flawed, unreliable, and...
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Matthew R. Korn

1320 Main Street
ColumbiaSC 29201


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