Wage and Hour Compliance, Including Overtime Issues
Employment and Severance Contracts
Employee Discipline, Termination, and Other Personnel Matters
Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, NLRA, ERISA, OSHA Compliance
Representation Before the EEOC, DOL, OSHA, NLRB, and Other Government Agencies
Renee brings extensive proficiency and skill to her practice as an employment attorney and litigator. She was named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law – Management for 2013 and 2014, and in two practice areas for both 2015 and 2016: Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment. In addition, Renee was recently selected to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, which is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
In 2012 Renee was named by Business North Carolina magazine as the best employment lawyer in North Carolina by a vote of attorneys statewide. As a result, Ms. Hughes has been named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame in Employment Law. She has also been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine and was named in 2015 one of its Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina.
Renee’s legal career began in 2002 as a litigator with Moore and Van Allen’s Charlotte office, focusing on labor and employment and business litigation. Whether litigating a non-compete or wage dispute in her employment practice, or advising an employer on personnel issues, Renee commits her legal skills to delivering high quality representation. She represents and advises employers on matters involving breach of contract, wage and hour, hiring, termination, non-compete agreements, trade secrets, and discrimination. She routinely represents employers in investigating and responding to complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, OSHA, and other state and federal agencies. Renee also conducts employment training for employers and their employees.
Renee also represents executives and professionals on various matters, including contract and severance negotiations, trade secret concerns, payment of commissions and other owed wages, and various litigation matters. She also represents clients in commercial litigation matters involving claims such as breach of contract, truth in lending violations, fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, tortious interference with contract, and various other claims.
Renee’s interest in the law began prior to law school, when she served as the Court Advocate for battered women for the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. in Wilmington, N.C. She continues to serve her community through various organizations, including volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and serving on the Board of her homeowners’ association.
In her spare time, Renee enjoys domestic and international travel, yoga, spending time with friends and family, spending time at the beach, and watching ACC basketball and college and professional football games (go Deacs!).