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In North Carolina, all employees are considered “at will,” meaning that your employer can fire you for any reason – and for no reason (except for discriminatory ones). Nonetheless, the law provides exceptions to this rule to protect employees from arbitrary or retaliatory discharges. For instance:
- You are not considered “at will” if you signed an agreement that contains specific provisions for your termination.
- You cannot be terminated for a reason that violates state or federal law that prohibits retaliation or discrimination.
If you think you have been wrongfully fired, contact an attorney to determine which steps you need to take. In some cases, you need to file a complaint with an administrative agency before filing a lawsuit.