Grant Close is an employment and labor lawyer whose goal is to give practical advice to help employers navigate federal and state employment laws, and the legal process when employees accuse them of violating these laws.
Grant has successfully defended employers in numerous lawsuits before federal and state courts, including class and collective actions, and before government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the IRS. Grant has been co-counsel in jury trials won by his clients. Grant enjoys working closely with employers in the food service, hospitality, fitness, higher education, construction, insurance, banking, and public works industries to understand their business and give effective advice geared toward their needs.
Grant focuses his practice on defending against wage and hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage payment laws including the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act. Grant has handled class and collective action lawsuits for overtime and minimum wage violations under the FLSA and state laws. Grant has also defended employers in investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor. Grant's wage and hour practice includes defending employers in audits by the U.S. DOL and the IRS regarding classification of employees as independent contractors.
Grant advises clients on the legal issues related to unionization and adherence to the National Labor Relations Act.
Grant also defends employers in discrimination and harassment lawsuits and administrative charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission. These matters involve claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Grant regularly provides employers with advice under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA).
Grant's practice also includes advising clients on Form I-9 and E-Verify issues including audits for compliance with the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act. And, Grant has performed numerous internal company investigations into reports of discrimination, harassment, and other employee misconduct.
Grant is active in his community. He has served on the boards of several community non-profit organizations and on a number of committees for his Church. Grant has served as Circuit Representative to the South Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and is a graduate of Leadership Spartanburg.