Employee Rights in NC

Let Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A. Fight for Your Rights

Each year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives over 75,000 complaints of employers unlawfully discriminating against their employees. If you were treated unfairly in the workplace due to your race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or in some other unethical way, it is important to seek justice. With over 40 combined years of legal experience, our Durham employment lawyers at Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A. stand ready to fight for you.

Once you think you have a claim, its important to speak with a Durham employment lawyer today by dialing (919) 336-1932 to discuss the legal options that pertain to your circumstances.

Discrimination & North Carolina Law

Being able to work without harassment or discrimination is not only important, it’s essential. In the State of North Carolina, all of the standard EEOC rules apply.

In addition, North Carolina prosecutes against employers who discriminate based on:

  • Genetic information
  • AIDS or HIV
  • Military status
  • Hemoglobin C traits

Can I Sue for Discrimination at Work in North Carolina?

You can enforce a discrimination claim by filing a lawsuit in court. The lawsuit is tried to a judge, not to a jury. You must file such a lawsuit within 180 days of the discrimination. These complaints are investigated by the Employment Discrimination Bureau and more information can be obtained by calling (1-800-625-2267).

Possible Exceptions

While North Carolina makes it possible to sue for discrimination, companies with more than a specified number of employees may be able to avoid prosecution based on exceptions. For example, House Bill 2 makes it so victims of discrimination cannot sue employers in a state court, opening the door for employers to offer unequal pay to their male and female employees without any repercussions. Knowing the laws in these kinds of cases can help you avoid unnecessary costs when filing a lawsuit.

Eligibility for Damages

Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace may cause an employee to leave due to an unsafe, hostile environment. When this occurs, the employee may be able to sue the employer for the wages they would have received had they been able to remain employed.

You may be able to obtain damages for costs such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Court expenses and other legal fees
  • Damages caused by emotional pain
  • Punitive damages to prevent the employer from repeating their unlawful behavior
  • Back pay for money the employee lost due to discrimination

While there is no cap on damages a plaintiff can sue for in North Carolina, it currently costs $400 to file a case in federal court and $200 to file in a North Carolina Superior Court. With the help of Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, you can take comfort knowing your case is in good hands. Call us today to get started planning your case. During your consultation, we will help you better understand your case and how to make the best use of the legal options available to you.

Call (919) 336-1932 now to schedule your consultation with Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A., or contact us online here.

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