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Wrongful Termination

Dec 19, 2017

Fired firefighter settles suit against Kernersville for $164K

A Kernersville fire captain who was fired after speaking out about problems he perceived within the department has negotiated a $164,000 settlement from the town. Kevin Bray entered into a settlement agreement with the town during mediation in November, bringing an end to a federal suit that was set to go to a jury trial […]

May 19, 2017

Fired university employees win $225K

A Wake County jury has awarded more than $225,000 in damages to two women who were fired from a university in Raleigh after raising complaints about wage violations, attorneys for the women report. Laura Noble and Nick Sanservino of The Noble Law Firm in Chapel Hill report that their clients, Sadie Carter and Helen Lytch, […]

Mar 14, 2016

CooperRiis to pay $4M in wrongful termination case

In what is being called the largest jury verdict for wrongful termination in state history, an Asheville-area therapist has been awarded $3.6 million after she was allegedly fired for reporting patient neglect at a mental health community. The case later settled for $4 million to resolve additional claims of punitive damages. Laura Haas, 44, accused […]

Jun 22, 2015

Labor & Employment — Tort/Negligence – Wrongful Termination – Public Policy – Complaints to Management

Green-Hayes v. Handcrafted Homes, LLC (Lawyers Weekly No. 15-16-0622, 9 pp.) (Wanda Bryant, J.) Appealed from Vance County Superior Court (Lucy Noble Inman, J.) N.C. App. Unpub. Holding: Plaintiff alleges that she complained to management about sex and race discrimination, but she did not file a charge with the EEOC; therefore, plaintiff has not stated […]

Apr 18, 2014

Wages, emotional distress both available to fired chief

A former police chief’s $100,000 wrongful termination verdict against a Moore County town survived largely intact after an April 15 ruling in which the North Carolina Court of Appeals held for the first time that lost future wages and emotional distress are both available bases of recovery for terminated employees. Timothy Blakeley was hired as […]

Dec 7, 2012

Former DA can’t be sued by assistant, court rules

A one-time Mecklenburg County assistant district attorney who was fired after publicly criticizing his office’s policies will not be able to sue his former boss for wrongful termination, a federal court has ruled.

Nov 1, 2012

Labor & Employment – Civil Rights – Retaliation – Public Employee – Tort/Negligence – Wrongful Termination

Johnson v. North Carolina Even though the state has not moved to dismiss plaintiff’s Title VII claims, punitive damages under Title VII are not available against the state. Therefore, the court dismisses plaintiff’s Title VII punitive damages claim pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6).

Sep 27, 2012

Tort/Negligence – Schools & School Boards – Abuse of Special Needs Student – Labor & Employment – Public Employees – Teacher – Wrongful Termination – Constitutional

J.W. v. Johnston County Board of Education Since no N.C. appellate court has recognized a fiduciary duty between a middle school student and his principal, superintendent or school board, this court will not so expand N.C. law.

Feb 23, 2012

Civil Practice – Discovery – Medical Records – Tort/Negligence – Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress – Tax Records – Wrongful Termination

Young v. Kimberly-Clark Corp. When plaintiff alleged negligent infliction of emotional distress, she put her medical condition at issue; therefore, she waived the statutory privileges accorded communications between a patient and her medical providers.

Oct 7, 2011

Tort/Negligence – Wrongful Termination – REDA – Workers’ Compensation Claim – Sheriff – Official Capacity

White v. Cochran Plaintiff sued the sheriff for violating the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act, but her right-to-sue letter referred to the sheriff’s department. Although the complaint does not explicitly say whether plaintiff is suing the sheriff in his individual or official capacity, a review of the complaint indicates that plaintiff is suing the sheriff in his official capa[...]

Sep 27, 2011

Workers’ Compensation – Disability – Wrongful Termination – Attorney’s Fees – Penalty

Hawkins v. A & M Auto Body, Inc. Although defendant apparently fired plaintiff for filing a valid workers’ compensation claim, and although plaintiff has been unable to find another job, plaintiff stipulated that his compensable injury did not prevent him from working; therefore, plaintiff is not disabled and is not entitled to temporary total disability benefits. We reverse the [...]

Mar 21, 2011

Tort/Negligence – Wrongful Termination – Prior Action Pending – Compulsory Counterclaim – Defamation

Townsend v. Shook. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-07-0203, 9 pp.) (Sanford Steelman Jr., J.) Appealed from Watauga County Superior Court. (Richard L. Doughton, J.) N.C. App. Click here for the full text of the opinion. Holding: The doctrine of prior action pending does not apply to a case in which an employee filed a claim for […]

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