If You’ve Been Fired or Believe You’re About To Be Fired, Get Help To Navigate This Experience.
Federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibit unlawful employment termination based on sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, pregnancy, race/color, national origin, religion, disability, and age. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) prohibits unlawful employment termination as a result of employees exercising their FMLA rights.
Under Title VII, employees must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the discriminatory action. This is a strict deadline. You will lose some of the most important federal claims available to you if you do not file a charge with the EEOC. If you have already missed the deadline, it is still important to reach out to an attorney to discuss your options.
North Carolina also has laws pertaining to employment termination. The state law known as Wrongful Discharge Against Public Policy (WDPP) prohibits employers from firing an employee because of the employee’s sex, race/color, national origin, disability, age or religion. WDPP also prohibits employers from terminating an employee for the following: refusing to violate a law, reporting an illegal activity such as filing an assault charge, and serving in a role protected by public policy such as serving on a jury or testifying in court.
The Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) also prohibits covered employers from retaliating against an employee for exercising rights under certain state laws such as filing a workers compensation claim, reporting a violation of wage and hour law, or reporting a violation of an occupational health and safety law.
Rich Daugherty has handled a wide-range of wrongful termination cases. He knows that being dismissed from a job can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience for employees and their families. If you have suffered from a wrongful discharge, he will fight to protect your rights. In addition to litigating cases, Rich also works with clients to reach practical and effective solutions through negotiation. When you contact his office, you’ll have direct access to him.
If you are still employed and in fear of losing your job for an unlawful reason, it is critical that you seek legal counsel immediately. There are things you can do now that will be essential to protecting your rights.
You can arrange for an initial phone conference with Rich at no charge. He represents clients throughout North Carolina and is available to meet with prospective clients outside of Chapel Hill when circumstances permit. Evening appointments are also available.