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Employer Liability: South Carolina

Employer Liability requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan Borowski


  • Labor law for private employers in South Carolina consists primarily of the Right to Work statute, which lists conduct that is considered unlawful by employers. See Right to Work.
  • Penalties for violating the Right to Work statute include fines and prison time. See Penalties for Violation.
  • South Carolina statutes have a separate and specific provision prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees for being a union member. See Discrimination of Employees.
  • Employers face fines and imprisonment for impeding the Director of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation or agents of the Department. See Penalties for Impeding Director.
  • While public employers do not have a statute regulating collective bargaining, there are statutes regulating the grievance procedure. See Public Employer Liability.
  • South Carolina's whistleblower statute applies only to public employers and contains some unusual penalties for employers that violate the statute. See Public Employer Liability.