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The HR Specialist: North Carolina Employment Law

There’s an easy way to avoid losing a discrimination lawsuit stemming from disciplining an employee who breaks company rules: Make absolutely certain you discipline fairly and evenhandedly, meting out punishment regardless of race, sex, nationality or other protected characteristics. Conduct regular audits of all disciplinary actions to make certain no one gets a free pass …

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When an employee sues you for employment discrimination, it’s natural to want to learn more about the person suing you and whether he may have sued others. That information is readily available. But don’t expect that even a fraud conviction related to false employment claims will get the case tossed out …

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A Mexican woman has been granted permission to serve as the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against a company that recruits and places temporary agricultural workers on farms and other agricultural operations in North Carolina and other states. The woman claims that International Labor Management Corporation purposely placed women in less lucrative temporary visa programs than men …

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When Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards returned to the University of North Carolina (UNC) to establish a poverty think tank in 2005, his salary was a matter of public record. But what the press really wanted to know was how many Tar Heel athletics tickets did he try to get? …

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Forty-year-old high school science teacher and cross-country coach Brenton Wuchae narrowly avoided felony charges by quitting his job at South Brunswick High School hours before he married his 16-year-old star runner. Wuchae denied having a sexual relationship with her before the wedding …

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Some things are better left unsaid. That’s especially true when it comes to telling customers and others outside the company why someone was fired—especially if the reason involves dishonesty. Spilling the beans can lead to a slander lawsuit, which can cost your organization time and money even if you ultimately win …

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Employees injured while at work are entitled to medical treatment to correct those injuries. It turns out that treatment can include cosmetic surgery …

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If your organization pays some employees on a commission basis, it may be a good idea to put it in writing. Relying on just an oral agreement may lead to trouble down the road—especially if the employee quits and says you owe him money. Without a written agreement spelling out the commission terms, a lawsuit probably will come down to his word against yours …

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SmartStyle Family Hair Salon has paid $20,000 plus additional relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC …

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Construction company owner Paul Garrett, of Warne in western North Carolina, has been charged with conspiring to defraud Alabama Power Company (APCO) of $250,000 …

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