North Carolina is an at-will employment state.  Employees are generally considered to be “at will” employees, which means that an employer may terminate an employee at any time, for any lawful reason or for no reason at all, except in limited circumstances.  North Carolina courts have ruled that employers cannot terminate an employee in violation of an established public policy of the state.

Wrongful Discharge Law

Claims for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy typically protects an employee who was terminated in contravention of an important, identifiable public policy of the state, typically expressed in the Constitution and laws of North Carolina, or in some cases by prior case law.  An employer generally may not discharge an employee who  refuses to engage in illegal conduct.

Some examples of wrongful discharge in violation of public policy include terminating employee who gave truthful testimony in court, served on jury duty, filed a workers’ compensation claim, or reported violations of the health and safety laws or wage and hour laws.  It is also a violation of NC public policy to fire an employee because of that person’s race, sex, age, disability, or religion.

Protecting Employee Rights

If you have suffered a wrongful discharge, let the experienced attorneys at GMFM fight to protect your rights.  CONTACT US for an evaluation of your case.