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  • North Carolina
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Corporation Bylaws, LLC Operating Agreement, Partnership Agreement, Capital Contributions Agreement, Buy-Sell Agreement, Scope of Work, Independent Contractor/Subcontractor Agreement, Master Services Agreement (MSA), Service Level Agreement (SLA), Consulting Agreement, Content/Course Creation Agreement, Termination/Release/Settlement Agreement, Assignment/Transfer Agreement, Work Made for Hire Agreement, Employment Agreement, Profit/Revenue Sharing Agreement, Joint Venture Agreement, Arbitration/Dispute Resolution Agreement, Noncompetition/Noncompete Agreement, Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), Confidentiality Agreement, Nonpoaching/Nonrecruitment Agreement, Nonsolicitation Agreement, Lease Agreement, and more

Non-Employee Classification/Status (independent contractor, intern, apprentice), Misappropriation, Infringement, Shareholder Dispute, Piercing the Corporate Veil, Licensing Board Grievances/Disputes, Defamation (libel and slander), and more

Business Plan (legal), Small Business Management and Operations (legal), Contract Negotiation, and more

Legal "Coaching," Legal Consulting, and Legal Counsel; Membership Subscription; Contract Bundle (write, revise, and/or review); Compliance Assessment, and more

(100% remote) North Carolina, including but not limited to: Wake County, Durham County, Orange County; Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Greenville, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Concord, Asheville; the greater RTP/Research Triangle Park area, the greater RDU area, the greater Piedmont Triad area, the greater Cape Fear area; and beyond

Harvard University
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Spelman College
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North Carolina Central University School of Law
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Professional Experience
Fouding Partner
SageHaus Legal LLP
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Speaking Engagements
Essential Legal Foundations
The Rosie Network
Presented to multiple cohorts - 2022 through present
Business and Entrepreneurship Coach
The Coach Training Academy
Various Awards for trial, moot court, and speech competitions
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar  # 51083
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
ID Number: 51083
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Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Employment Law
Employment Contracts
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation
Entertainment & Sports Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Independent Contractor, Noncompete/Nonsolicit/Nondisclosure (NDA), Defamation
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Is it legal to terminate someone without providing a reason? Employee was never counseled positive or negative?
A: North Carolina is an "at-will" state. This means that, generally, either an employer or an employee can terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason (so long as the reason does not violate the agreement between the parties and is not otherwise unlawful). It also means that an employer is not necessarily required to give an employee a reason for termination.

Of course, there is always a reason. But the reason may or may not be related to an employee's performance. Additionally, giving a reason that is related to an employee's performance can negatively affect the employee's eligibility for unemployment benefits and future employment opportunities.

With that being said, anyone who believes an employer or former employer has violated their rights should consider a legal consultation. A knowledgeable attorney should be able to evaluate the employee's' rights and provide guidance on next steps.
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Q. Is it a hipaa violation for my employer to post my excused doctors note for everyone to see?
A: HIPAA applies to certain "covered" entities. Covered entities typically operate in the medical field or support other entities that operate in the medical field. But unless an employer is a covered entity, HIPAA doesn't apply. Also, when a covered entity violates HIPAA, it doesn't really give the affected employee the right to sue the employer. But the employer might face some pretty hefty government fines and other consequences.

Even if HIPAA doesn't apply, certain actions by an employer could violate other privacy-related laws. If you believe your employer has violated your privacy rights, you should speak with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you evaluate your options.

Good luck!
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Q. Can I send a request for unpaid hours even after I quit?
A: You can send a written request for payment for unpaid hours, even after you have resigned from your employment. Your request might include information about the amount of money you believe you are owed, how you calculated this amount, how long you have been owed this money, and previous communications about the money you are owed.

However, you should first check your employment agreement and your calculations to make sure you haven't missed or misunderstood anything. You should also be careful about including information that does not help your case or potentially hurts your case. Last, if you are asked to release or waive any rights in exchange for receiving pay that you are already entitled to receive, you might consider consulting with an attorney.

If your former employer fails or refuses to pay you what you are legally entitled to, the North Carolina Department of Labor might be able to assist you.

Good luck!
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SageHaus Legal LLP
1105 Tryon Village Drive
Suite 303 # 1028
Cary, NC 27518
Telephone: (855) 418-1600