Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benjamin is no longer employed by Parker Poe, a North Carolina-based business law firm with offices in Columbia, Charleston and Spartanburg.

The mayor’s name was recently removed from Parker Poe’s website, although as of this week references to his employment with the company still appear on his campaign website bio and his official City of Columbia bio.

According to our sources, the firm asked Benjamin to leave earlier this year – but he requested (and received) a ninety-day reprieve.

Benjamin has been all over the news in recent weeks … and not in a good way.

For starters, he’s a central figure in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that picked up steam with the recent indictment of his former business partner Jonathan Pinson.

And that investigation has turned very, very saucy … even by South Carolina standards.

In fact we’re told several of Parker Poe’s clients were “extremely disturbed” by recent revelations regarding Benjamin.