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When James Telb was sheriff of Lucas County, he faced federal charges relating to an inmate’s death in the county jail. He was acquitted in December 2010, but claims the process left him saddled with $200,000 in legal fees. Now he is suing the county to recover the money.
The North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act outlaws discharging employees for filing workers’ compensation claims. It’s a protected activity. Equally illegal: Jumping the gun by firing employees before they actually fill out the workers’ compensation paperwork.
Q. While on unpaid leave, one of our employees applied for and was granted workers’ compensation. This person has not expressed any interest in returning to work. We think she may even be working somewhere else. Can we terminate her?