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Local governments in North Carolina sometimes legislate their own rules for employers within their jurisdictions.

For example, Durham County and the city of Durham have living-wage laws stipulating higher pay than the state minimum wage ($6.15 per hour) while Orange County has its own human rights ordinance:

  • Durham County: County employees and contractors on county contracts must pay an hourly wage equal to a figure 7.5% above the federal poverty rate for a family of four. As of August 2007, that figure was $10.67 per hour.
  • Durham: Contractors performing work on city contracts must pay their employees at least as much as the lowest-paid city employee earns. Currently, that figure is $10.10 per hour.
  • Orange County: The county’s human rights ordinance bars employment discrimination due to color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation and veteran status. Employees may file discrimination complaints with the Orange County Human Relations Commission.

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