Summit Speakers

Benton L. Toups is a partner in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog. His practice concentrates on representing businesses in all aspects of Labor and Employment Law.

He has represented employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and several state and federal courts.He has extensive experience assisting employers with claims of harassment and discrimination under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), as well as claims for unpaid wages and overtime pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act.

A firm believer in the adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Benton routinely counsels employers on day-to-day issues and assists them in developing and implementing effective policies in order to avoid employment litigation. He has spoken to businesses, attorneys, and insurers on claims avoidance and litigation strategy.

In addition to his employment practice, Benton represents clients in business disputes and commercial litigation matters. Benton is also a certified mediator.

He has successfully represented multiple clients in preliminary injunction hearings involving covenants not to compete.

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