Carolina Power & Light Company v. Employment Security Commission: At issue was whether an employee who accepts a voluntary early retirement package, offered by the employer as part of a company-wide downsizing, is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. In a unanimous opinion, the Court held that the employee was not entitled to benefits because he still […]
Hawkins v. General Electric Co.: The court mostly affirmed an award to the plaintiff based on an occupational disease, contact dermititis, that was causally related to his employment. The court also agreed that he was disabled as long as his condition persisted. Jeffers v. D’Alessandro: The plaintiff, a former player for the Carolina Panthers, had brought […]
In UPS v. Calhoun, the plaintiff (who worked at the UPS facility in Greensboro) had filed a complaint with OSHA that he had been retaliated against for engaging in daily vehicle inspections that he thought necessary for vehicle safety. He claimed that such activity was protected by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA). The Department of […]
The Statute of Repose Bill was signed by Governor Perdue on August 5, and becomes effective on October 1, 2009. The bill extends the outer time limit for individuals injured by defective products to file claims. The text of the bill can be found here. The Guaranty Fund Bill, which expands the coverage of the N.C. […]
In Brown v. Nucor Corporation, the 4th Circuit reversed the district court on the question of class certification. Under Title VII, the plaintiffs had brought racial discrimination claims of disparate treatment and disparate impact with regard to promotion practices, as well as hostile work environment claims. The majority concluded that the plaintiffs could proceed with all […]
Cannizzaro v. Food Lion: The court affirmed the decision of the Industrial Commission, which found that the plaintiff’s accident caused his psychiatric conditions. The court concluded that, although not a physician, a psychologist specializing in neurological and cognitive psychology with significant experience with traumatic brain injuries was qualified to provide expert testimony. D’Aquisto v. Mission St. […]
In Boucher v. Shaw, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that individual managers/owners — in this case a hotel’s CEO, CFO, and labor/employment manager — may be held liable for unpaid wages, vacation, and holiday pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA allows suits to be brought against individuals, in addition […]
House Bill 1090, which allows workers receiving severance pay to also receive benefits, was signed by the governor on July 27, 2009. This act becomes effective October 1, 2009, and expires July 1, 2011. Further regulatory guidance from the ESC may be forthcoming. The text of the bill can be found here.
In EEOC v. Central Wholesalers, Inc., the 4th Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the employer. The court concluded that there was enough evidence for a jury to find that the plaintiff suffered from severe racial and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Although there’s lots of happy talk about the economy turning around, and the big banks are apparently minting money, the situation for ordinary workers is still perilous. The long-term unemployment rate — the proportion of the labor force that has been out of work for at least 15 weeks — is at the highest level since […]