Although NC is an “at will” employment state, it is still illegal to terminate an employee because of a discriminatory reason. This includes discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, disability, age, and gender:
This federal agency provides a free service where you can complain about discrimination in the workplace. Don't miss your DEADLINES.
After termination or lay off, you can and should apply for unemployment benefits if you have been terminated due to no fault of your own. The employer must prove “misconduct” or a violation of a company policy. If the employer is unable to prove you did something wrong, you may get your unemployment benefits. DID YOU QUIT OR WALK OFF THE JOB! If so, there may be PROBLEMS.
Unpaid leave from work due to a serious medical condition. Serious medical conditions include family issues like childbirth and adoption; as well as individual sickness like cancer, surgery and personal injury accidents, You cannot be terminated or demoted while out on FMLA leave, but there are LOOPHOLES.
Retaliation and Whistleblower
Punishment terminations! It is unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee for getting hurt on the job, asking about or filing a workers’ comp or OSHA claim. Have you witnessed an illegal act in the workplace and been terminated for COMPLAINING about it.
Have you been touched inappropriately, asked for sexual favors, threatened with termination if you didn't go along with sexual requests, spoken to in a nasty, disrespectful manner? Did anyone see it or hear it? Don't put up with it! And don't miss out on getting the WITNESSES and EVIDENCE you need.
State and Federal Employees
State and federal employees have more rights, but more OBSTABLES. The Office of Administrative Hearings, OWCP, Internal EEO Investigations. Do you know your special rights?
Injured on the job; Severe Mental Stress on the job; Problems breathing, seeing and hearing after working in certain industry's like furniture, manufacturing, laser lights, loud factory?
Whenever you or a loved one receives care or treatment from these professionals or at these facilities that results in DEATH or SERIOUS MENTAL OR PHYSICAL INJURY, you need a lawyer.
BUT, has too much time passed, didn't document problems, no medical records!! You Need a LAWYER!