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Can I file a workers’ compensation claim after being terminated?

Posted by Mathew Flatow on Mar 27, 2017 10:50:34 AM

Under North Carolina’s Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), workers who file a workers’ compensation claim are protected from retaliation by their employers [§ 95-241(a)(1)(a)]. This means that your employer cannot fire, demote, or change your employment situation for the worse because you file a workers’ compensation claim.

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Topics: wrongful termination, Workers' Compensation

Shoplifting Laws in North Carolina

Posted by Adam Seifer on Mar 21, 2017 9:54:58 AM

A shoplifting charge, or conviction, on your record often has far-reaching consequences, beyond what happens in the courthouse. This type of offense is known in the legal world as a “crime of moral turpitude.” Since shoplifting is associated with low morality, opportunities can be limited when applying for college, a job, or a new apartment when the term “shoplifting” pops up on a background check.

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Topics: criminal defense, shoplifting

Drug Paraphernalia Laws in North Carolina

Posted by Adam Seifer on Mar 15, 2017 8:31:20 AM

Being charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a serious offense, and also one that bewilders many defendants. How can someone be charged with a drug crime when no illegal drugs are actually found? And how can it be against the law to possess items that are legally available for purchase in stores?

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Topics: criminal defense, Criminal Law, drug paraphernalia

Cell Phone Privacy Rights: Who Can Get Access to My Cell Phone?

Posted by Adam Seifer on Mar 8, 2017 12:38:07 PM

Privacy rights for digital devices is still a largely unsettled and a relatively new issue today. UC-Davis Law Professor Elizabeth Joh says, “There’s still no good set of protections for a portal into your private life.” However there have been a couple of notable rulings that focused on whether or not police are permitted to search a suspect’s cell phone when the suspect is arrested.

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Topics: Criminal Law, cell phone privacy