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Wake County Jury Awards $3.75 Million to Whistleblower
Last month a Wake County jury awarded a large verdict of $3.75 million to a former State Highway Patrolman who proved that his termination from the force was in punishment or retaliation over whistleblower activity.  The plaintiff and former trooper, Regina...

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Equal Pay for Equal Work -- It's ALREADY the Law (and has been for 50+ years)
Sometimes in the heat of a political campaign year slogans and promises take root that seem to forget reality.  One that has become quite popular in recent years is the suggestion that legal reform is needed in order to ensure women equal pay for equal work...

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Whistleblower lawsuit dismissal reversed by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which is the federal
circuit that includes North Carolina) has allowed a Norfolk Southern Railway worker to proceed with a whistleblower action even after the same employee’s
earlier filed discrimination action was dismi...

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U.S. Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Scotland County Agency and Employees
Earlier this month the United Sates Justice Department filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Southeastern Community and Family Services, Inc ., which is a public housing agency that administers the federal Section 8 voucher
program in Scotland County. ...

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Jury Verdict in Racial Harassment and Retaliation Action Despite Erroneous Causation Instruction
In E.E.O.C. v. A.C. Widenhouse, Inc . (06/24/2014), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a substantial plaintiffs’ jury verdict
in a case featuring claims of a racially hostile work environment, racially
discriminatory discharge, and retaliatory dis...

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EEOC Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Stores of Texas
As we have previously noted on this blog, agediscrimination claims continue to be asserted in large numbers, both in North
Carolina and across the nation.   Employment
discrimination on the basis of age is expressly prohibited by the Age Discrimination in E...

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Middle District of North Carolina Magistrate Recommends Dismissal of Complaint for Race and National Origin Discrimination Due to Arbitration Agreement
A recent federal
opinion from the Middle District of North Carolina   confirms the enforceability of agreements to
arbitrate in the employment context.   In Peraza v. Rent-A-Center , a Hispanic plaintiff filed a pro se suit for alleged employment
discrimina...

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Court Refuses to Enforce Overreaching Non-competition Agreement
A lawsuit between two nurse staffing companies reminds us
that not all non-competition agreements are enforceable under North Carolina
law.   In Clinical Staffing, Inc. v.Worldwide Travel Staffing, Ltd. , the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of ...

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