Employment Law

Edelstein & Payne attorneys represent and counsel workers in matters of employment law. We are dedicated to workers' rights, and never represent management or ownership against workers. Our attorneys have represented victims of wrongful discharge, disability or Title VII discrimination, sexual harassment, wage theft, unpaid overtime, REDA retaliation, and whistleblower retaliation. 

We have experience counseling public employees through grievances and the administrative hearings and judicial appeals that follow. We can help state employees seeking relief from discipline that is not supported by "just cause". We have litigated cases before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings, the North Carolina Personnel Commission, and other administrative bodies, as well as the state and federal courts, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 

NOTICE  10/17/2019: the firm is undergoing a transitional period and our employment lawyers are very busy. Accordingly, we may be slow to respond to employment law inquiries. Also, given our current situation we are very unlikely to be able to accept new cases that will involve complex litigation (this includes most employment discrimination and similar cases). However, we are available for consultations, contract reviews and similar assistance. Thanks for your understanding. 


Please fill out this form if you are seeking an attorney consultation regarding an employment issue. The information you provide is privileged and confidential and is collected for the purpose of determining whether an attorney consultation is appropriate. We strive to provide a response within two working days. The law firm Edelstein Payne and Lucas does not agree to represent an individual just by agreeing to a consultation, but at the consultation we will inform potential new clients if the firm is willing to represent them and if so the costs for representation. The firm must evaluate the merits of any legal claims in order to discuss representation, fees and costs. Submission of case information does not mean we represent you! Potential new clients should be careful not to submit important or sensitive confidential information about their case at this point. Edelstein Payne & Lucas does not represent anyone until a fee contract has been signed!

Experienced and Successful

Edelstein & Payne has been dedicated to individual and workers' rights for over 30 years. Our attorneys have consistently been named on best lawyer and superlawyer lists, and have received numerous awards and recognitions for community contributions.

Dedicated to North Carolina Communities

With nearly 80 years of combined experience serving the working people of North Carolina, the lawyers at Edelstein & Payne have proven their dedication to justice for all people.