Employment in North Carolina

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In North Carolina, it is perfectly legal to terminate an employee for no reason at all. In fact, this is the case in most states. However, employees cannot be fired for discriminatory reasons such as age, race, religious views, or sexual preference. Employment in North Carolina provides resources for employees who have either been let go for reasons that are no fault of their own, or have been wrongfully terminated by their employer.

North Carolina is an “at will” state, which means that anyone with employment in North Carolina may be terminated for any reason so long as it's not illegal. This also allows employees to leave a job without reason or any advance notice. However, there are illegal reasons for termination that employees should be aware of, as they can protect themselves against such practices.

If you are having problems with an employer regarding benefits, unemployment or an injury, consult with an employment attorney near you. The content of this article is provided for informational purposes only.

 

Protecting Against Discrimination

Employers are not allowed to terminate employees based on discrimination, nor are they permitted to allow discrimination to affect their hiring procedures. Characteristics covered by discrimination include: age, race, sexual orientation, religion, and national origin. Employers also may not fire employees who have filed legitimate complaints for unsafe workplace, sexual harassment, or discrimination at work. An employee cannot be forced to break a law and therefore cannot be fired for refusing to do so. When an employee is released from employment in North Carolina for any of those reasons, they should consult an attorney and take the proper legal action.

Unemployment Available in North Carolina

Some employees who leave their job may be entitled to benefits after their employment is terminated. Unemployment benefits are also given to people who are released from their job through no fault of their own. Employees who are eligible for these benefits are people that are actively seeking employment in North Carolina who lost their job for reasons other than misconduct and received a certain amount of wages during a specified time frame. North Carolina benefits vary between $36 to $426, and remain taxable as a regular income. These benefits may last from 13 to 26 weeks, and are subject to change according to circumstances.

COBRA Post-Termination Benefits

Employees may also receive health benefits from their employer after their employment in North Carolina has ended, thanks to a program called COBRA. These benefits may continue for up to 18 months after the termination. This protection also extends to an employee's spouse and family – and in some cases, they may even be entitled to health benefits that the employee themselves is not eligible for. Such instances include when an employee becomes eligible for Medicare and the family does not, during or after a divorce, and in cases of the employee's death.

If you are having problems with an employer regarding benefits, unemployment or an injury, consult with an employment attorney near you. The content of this article is provided for informational purposes only.
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