Sidney O. Minter
Sidney O. Minter is an experienced labor and employment attorney. He brings a competitive spirit to each case he handles. Providing top-notch customer service to his clients is very important to him. As a self-professed problem solver, he works very hard to resolve matters in the most efficient manner possible.
Sidney has represented well over one hundred clients, in various proceedings, during his career. He draws from these experiences as he handles new matters. Although he has handled matters relating to wage and hour litigation, non-compete, traditional labor, workers’ compensation, Occupation Safety & Health Administration and general business litigation, his primary focus is on all areas of employment discrimination. This practice has allowed him to make appearances before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board. He frequently advises clients regarding hiring, discipline, investigations and other related issues.
Sidney is a seasoned litigator with experiences in state and federal courts. He has successfully tried a number of jury trials. He has effectively argued summary judgment motions and motions to dismiss. Sidney has written and filed many briefs and legal memoranda with various courts—which he is adept at doing. He has also, on occasion, represented clients in state and federal courts of appeals.
When Sidney is not advising clients on tough legal issues, or making an argument in a courtroom, he can usually be found doing three things: (1) researching cutting-edge legal issues, (2) presenting legal seminars to clients and prospective clients, and (3) writing legal articles. He has presented to hundreds of clients/prospective clients on a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to: handling complicated employment discrimination issues, terminating employees, and managing religious and political discussions in the workplace. Many of his articles regarding disability discrimination, third party harassment liability, the joint employer doctrine, and sex discrimination under Title VII have been published in various legal publications.
When Sidney finally takes off his legal hat, he is passionate about his community. He is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee where he has served as a panelist and moderator for various events. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Community Relations Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association where he is responsible for developing programs highlighting the good work that lawyers do in their respective communities. He is also very active with the National Employment Law Counsel where he is a member of the 2016/17 Annual Conference Committee. He is the President of the local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., where he has led efforts to combat domestic violence.
In summary, Sidney is a hardworking attorney who: (1) is experienced; (2) is competitive; and (3) is passionate about the practice of law and the community-at-large.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- Selected by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a 2017 Leader in the Law honoree
- Selected by Business North Carolina as “2018 Legal Elite in Employment Law.”
- Named Winner of the Charlotte Business Journal’s “2018 40 Under 40 Awards.”
- North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee, Member
- North Carolina Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, Member
- North Carolina Association of Staffing Professionals, Board member and Legal Advisor
- Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- National Employment Law Council, 2017 Annual Conference Committee Member
- President of the Burlington Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- NBALES 2017October 26 - 28
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce6.13.17
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce6.13.17
- Navigating a Maze of Paid Sick Leave4.28.17
- One Day, Many Solutions Charlotte5.5.16
- December 2016—Presenter: “LGBT Discrimination Issues, Recent Employment Discrimination Case and EEOC’s New Enforcement Plan”
- October 2016—Presenter: “Avoiding Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation”
- July 2016—Presenter: “A Focus on Transgender Discrimination and the ‘Bathroom Law’ under HB2”
- June 2016—Presenter: “Tricky Employment Law Issues.”
- Managing Employment Practices Liability Exposures
- Employment Law 101
- The Intersection of Social Media and the Law
- Retaliation and the EEOC’s Areas of Emphasis
- Hiring, Testing & Terminations: An introductory primer of avoiding common pitfalls, legal obstacles, and promoting best practices
- The Intersection of Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation
- Handling EEOC Complaints and Handling Claims
- Blurring the Lines: How State v. Bowden Accurately Interprets the Meaning of Life Sentence, 32 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 122 (2009).
- Summers v. Altarum: Broadening the Definition of “Disability” Under the ADA, and the Impact of the New Definition on Employers, 37 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 55 (2014).
- Freeman v. Dal-Tile Corporation: Employers Beware of Liability for Third Party Harassment Claims Under Title VII, 73, vol. 1, Labor and Employment Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, 8, 8-9, (December 2014).
- Case Summary: EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Staffing Now, Aug. 2015, at 12-13.
- Demasters v. Carilion Clinic: Elimination of the “Manager Rule” in Title VII Litigation, vol. 34, Labor and Employment Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, 7-8, (December 2015).
- Department of Education Sides with Student’s Allegations of Sex-Based Discrimination, Staffing Now, vol. 15, no. 12, 6-7, (December 2015).
- Staffing Agencies and the Vertical Employment Doctrine, Staffing Now, vol. 16, no. 3, 15, 15-16, (March 2016).
- Gig Employer Blog5.8.18
- Gig Employer Blog4.9.18
- Gig Employer Blog3.20.18
- Gig Employer Blog2.12.18
- Gig Employer Blog1.17.18
- Gig Employer Blog12.7.17
- Gig Employer Blog11.3.17
- Gig Employer Blog10.2.17
- Gig Employer Blog9.15.17
- Gig Employer Blog8.14.17
- Gig Employer Blog6.22.17
- Groundbreaking Decision Could Lead Other Federal Courts To Follow Suit4.5.17
- North Carolina Central University School of LawJ.D. 2011, cum laude
- High Point UniversityM.P.A. 2008, summa cum laude
- The University of North Carolina at GreensboroB.A. 2004
- North Carolina
- Court of Appeals of North Carolina
- North Carolina Superior Court
- Supreme Court of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina