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M. Claire Healy

Claire Healy is an associate in the firm's Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice. She focuses on defending companies in a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and retaliation lawsuits, wage and hour claims, and restrictive covenant and trade secret misappropriation actions. Claire represents clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, as well as in mediation, in a range of employment disputes, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act.

Claire also regularly counsels employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including sensitive terminations, discrimination, harassment, leave and disability issues, and compliance with various state and federal employment laws. Within this compliance role, Claire also assists clients with the drafting of various employment materials, including employment contracts, employee handbooks, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment trainings, severance agreements, and nondisclosure and restrictive covenant agreements. In addition, Claire has experience conducting internal employment investigations, including investigations involving sexual harassment allegations, discrimination, retaliation, workplace bullying and defamation.

Claire also regularly advises clients regarding complex labor and employment issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, including drafting and negotiating employment agreements, retention bonus agreements, consulting agreements and restrictive covenant agreements in the M&A context.

Claire was a summer associate with the firm in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Claire served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Rebecca B. Connelly in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia.

  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Outstanding Woman Law Student Award
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Award for Outstanding Performance in the Study of Bankruptcy
  • “You Can't Say That! Effectively Managing Employee Political Speech,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, 1 February 2024
  • “Overview: Deemed Exports - Hiring and Employing ‘Foreign’ Employees, and CIFUS Filing Obligations,” South Carolina Association of Corporate Counsel, 14 September 2023
  • “AI in the Workplace: Real Talk about Artificial Intelligence in the Employment Context,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, 2 February 2023
  •  “Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates in 2022,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, 3 February 2022
  •  "Human Resources Law 101: A South Carolina Guide - Intro to Employee Handbooks," CLE Presentation, National Business Institute, 12 May 2021
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