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Terms of Employment: South Carolina

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

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

Author: Meryl Gutterman, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.


  • South Carolina state laws prohibit certain types of discrimination and retaliation when making employment decisions. See South Carolina Human Affairs Law.
  • Employers are prohibited from making the use of tobacco products outside the workplace the basis of a personnel action, including employment, termination, demotion, or promotion of an employee. See Smokers' Rights.
  • In South Carolina, employment relationships are presumed to be at-will. See Employment At-Will Doctrine.
  • South Carolina recognizes various exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine, including public policy, implied contract, and employee handbook exceptions. See Employment At-Will Doctrine.
  • Under South Carolina law, restrictive covenants will not be upheld unless they are reasonable in nature and scope. Only restrictive covenants that are carefully and narrowly drafted are likely to be enforced. See Restrictive Covenants.