North Carolina is an at-will employment state, which means that your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all.
However, exceptions exist that are meant to prevent an employer from abusing this power.
Some examples of exceptions include:
- If the employer and employee enter into a contract that includes terms and conditions of employment and provisions for termination
- Terminations that violate federal or state employment laws prohibiting discrimination or retaliation
- A discharge (being fired) that violates a stated public policy
If you think you have been wrongfully fired, It is important that you follow proper procedures. In some instances, the you may need to file a complaint with the proper administrative agency before a lawsuit is filed, depending on which exception applies and the size of your employer.
If you feel that you were wrongfully discharged from your job, consult an attorney as soon as possible in order to protect all of your rights.