Shutt addresses human resource managers

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – Nekki Shutt, a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, was a presenter at the Columbia Society for Human Resource Management’s annual legal workshop.

Her presentation, delivered before an audience of 150 human-resources professionals who attended the day-long program, was titled, “Anatomy of a Lawsuit: From Intake To Complaint.” She also joined three other attorneys on the “Ask A Lawyer Panel.”

Shutt’s presentation covered the early stages of possible litigation, from an employee’s informal complaint to a full-fledged lawsuit. She discussed South Carolina’s employment at will doctrine as well as exceptions to it, such as protections under the Equal Pay Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, FMLA, ERISA and more.

Shutt, a veteran South Carolina employment lawyer, worked in the personnel department of a publicly traded company before attending law school, experience that gives her a wider perspective on issues facing human resource departments. She’s appeared on panels and presented programs at previous CSHRM workshops, speaking on topics such as employer mistakes that can lead to lawsuits and providing updates on labor law developments.

Her practice at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel focuses on employment law, including litigation. She also represents clients in issues such as discrimination, family leave and medical privacy.

Shutt is a frequent speaker on workplace topics, appearing before legal, community and business organizations in North and South Carolina. She’s also written extensively on the issues, including a chapter covering ERISA in Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers.

Organizations outside the legal realm also have benefitted from Shutt’s leadership, including the SC Equality Coalition and SC Equality Foundation. She served on the board of that organization for a decade, receiving its founders award in 2013, and is a current partner of the Post-DOMA Litigation Task Force.