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Cheryl L. Behymer • Partner

Fisher & Phillips, LLP • Columbia, South Carolina

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Fisher & Phillips, LLP
1901 Main Street
Suite 1400
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
phone (803) 740-7658
fax  (803) 255-0202


Cheryl Behymer is a partner in the Columbia office. She assists clients by providing timely and practical counsel and training in affirmative action, workplace harassment, immigration compliance, employee leave issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other labor and employment issues. Cheryl defends employers who are responding to administrative charges, actively involved in litigation, or are participating in compliance reviews conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She prepares affirmative action plans for federal contractors and subcontractors and assists clients with self-audits. She also defends employers in multi-plaintiff lawsuits, including class actions based on Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions. In addition, Cheryl assists employers in protecting their confidential and trade secret information, as well as enforcing and defending covenants not to compete. Cheryl is chair of the South Carolina Diversity Council, a partner of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce devoted to encouraging, supporting and educating employers as they seek to increase diversity in the workplace. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Cheryl is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
South Carolina Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Virginia

Professional Activities
Cheryl is certified as a labor and employment specialist by the S.C. Supreme Court. She frequently speaks at seminars on employment-related topics such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, internal workplace investigations, employee discipline, and affirmative action, including preparing for and defending an OFCCP compliance review. She is often published in local, regional, and national business publications on these and other topics such as electronic issues in the workplace.

Community Involvement
Cheryl is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, and the South Carolina Diversity Council. She is also a member of the North Carolina/South Industry Liaison Group, for which she is a frequent speaker. In addition, Cheryl is actively involved in the Women Helping Women Achieve mentoring program for the female athletes at the University of South Carolina. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.



  • College: California State University
  • Law School: Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

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