employee handbook

In her 24 years as an aggressive advocate and skilled litigator, Arcangela Mazzariello, partner at SeiferFlatow and head of the litigation department, has encountered many unfortunate situations that could have been avoided if her clients had been more aware of their rights. In the “Things That Make Arc Bark” blog series, Arc offers solid advice…

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Can I file a workers’ compensation claim after being terminated?

Under North Carolina’s Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), workers who file a workers’ compensation claim are protected from retaliation by their employers [§ 95-241(a)(1)(a)]. This means that your employer cannot fire, demote, or change your employment situation for the worse because you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, North Carolina employers do not have to…

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Protections Available for a Whistleblower

In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked confidential information about the illegal surveillance of the NSA. In 1996, Erin Brockovich earned notoriety through her efforts to spotlight the corporate corruption of an energy company. Watergate, the scandal that crippled the Nixon administration, was led by Mark Felt. Whistleblower cases often have large impacts but start with a…

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unfairly fired

Buzzfeed recently published an article about Stephen Keenan. The event occurred at a Christmas party last year. According to the article “Keenan drank 10 free beers and a vodka and coke at the private event, then proceeded to tell a board member of his company to ‘f*ck off’.” Stephen also had several incidents with female…

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fired for making a mistake

This frequently comes as a surprise to many people, but employers have no legal obligation to treat employees the same. An employee that makes a mistake costing the employer substantial loss may be fired while another employee that makes the same mistake might get promoted. These are decisions that are made in the business judgment…

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wrongful termination

This post was updated on June 12, 2019. If you’re like most people who lose their jobs, you probably feel that your termination was wrongful and unfair. Employment laws in North Carolina, though, allow employers to fire employees for a variety of reasons, and in some cases for no reason at all. To be able…

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workers' compensation claim

You’ve been hurt on the job and now you can’t work. You know that workers’ compensation will cover your medical benefits and lost wages while you recover. You want to file a claim, but you’re worried about getting fired. Can your boss fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim? What is workers’ compensation? First,…

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