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Should your Employer Give You Sick Leave?

Should Your Employer Give You Sick Leave

Your favorite department store may not be treating its employees fairly. Walmart has been accused of punishing workers who take sick days. A recent NY Times article reported on a study completed by A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center. The report, “Pointing Out: How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences,” details Walmart’s “three strikes and you’re out” policy, and how it hurts workers who take sick days. More than 1000 employees completed a survey and it was found that Walmart routinely refuses to accept doctors’ notes, penalizes workers who need to

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Leto Copeley reports North Carolina Court of Appeals Win in Wrongful Death Case

On the morning of July 5, 2013, Emily Cheek was driving while intoxicated and crossed over the opposite lane of the highway.  Ms. Cheek slammed her car into our client as she and her friend took their morning walk. Our client lived for eight days after the horrible crash. She left behind her husband and her father.  Leto Copeley was asked to represent her estate. Leto Copeley and her co-counsel, David Stradley and Robert Holmes, tried the North Carolina wrongful death case before a jury in Chatham County.  The jury awarded $4,250,000 in damages to

Posted in Cases in the News, Personal Injury Law

3 Things You Can Do to Survive The Wait During Your Workers’ Comp Case

3 Things You Can Do to Survive The Wait During Your Workers' Comp Case

You have been injured at work. You have filed a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Either your case is accepted and you receive benefits, or it is denied and you don’t. Some big issue – like the denial of medical treatment, or the insurance company trying to cut off your benefits — may have caused you to file for a hearing. But in a North Carolina workers’ compensation case, hardly anything happens quickly. What’s the best thing to do when you just have to wait until your case is done? 1.  Look for work

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Does North Carolina Still Get an “F” in Teacher Screenings?

North Carolina Teacher Troy Pickens Accused of More Sex Offenses and Rape of a child Recently music teacher Troy Logan Pickens was charged with two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and first-degree rape of a child, for actions that allegedly occurred in the fall of 2016 while Pickens was teaching at Durant Road Middle School in Wake County. Criminal charges against Troy Logan Pickens in two counties It was easy for law enforcement officers to find Pickens and serve him with a warrant because he was already in the Durham County jail

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Here’s Why Press Says NC State Victims Knew Men Who Sexually Assaulted Them

Definition of Rape

We have seen recent news reports about alleged sexual assaults on female students at NC State. The reports said that three women who attended the same party in July in on-campus housing reported that they were assaulted by “three male students they knew.” The reports make it seem like it’s unusual to be assaulted by a man you know. But that is not the case. In fact, sexual assaults are usually carried out (sorry guys) by men the victims know. It’s pretty much the definition of sexual assault:  somebody you know suddenly surprises you, acts different,

Posted in Cases in the News, Sexual Abuse and Harassment

This is Why We Made a Podcast: The Law Sisters Discuss Sexual Harassment

Law Sisters Podcast Logo

If you work, you likely have seen — or had — some problems with your employer. Or maybe you have had issues with your co-workers. Some of those issues may have been because of some unlawful actions. You probably followed some of the sexual harassment scandals in the news – with Fox News, Uber, state legislatures, and universities under fire, it is hard not to know that sexual harassment claims are taking over the front page. You may have been sexually harassed yourself, or know someone who has been. It can be devastating to victims. You or your loved ones

Posted in Cases in the News

How Much Does Workers’ Comp Pay in North Carolina for My Time Out of Work?

Workers Compensation Claim Process

FAQs About North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Rates When you are out of work because of a North Carolina work injury, there are two important questions: How do I get the medical treatment I need to get better, and How will I get the money I need for my family? Both questions need to have answers that make sense and are on time so that you can sleep at night. You’ll find the answers to your questions about medical treatment in our blog. The second one is crucial – you want to know when the checks

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A Right To Free Speech on the Job? Uh — Not so Much

Free Speech Word Cloud

Happy Independence Day Week! As you lounged at the pool or on the beach with your friends and family, between swimming, cooking and eating, you maybe talked about Donald Trump wrestling CNN, or North Korea, or whether Congress will take away your health care. Maybe you wore a shirt declaring Make America Great Again, or maybe it said Resist! So you have free speech at the beach, but what about at work? Well, that depends on your job. The right to freedom of speech and the right to freedom of the press are rights we

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Leto Copeley Inducted into the NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame

Leto Copeley Inducted into the NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame

North Carolina Attorney Receives Prestigious Award Leto Copeley was one of four new members inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame on June 22 at the 119th NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville. The Hall of Fame, sponsored by the NCBA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section, was established in 1989. This year’s induction class brings membership in the Hall of Fame to 157 attorneys. General Practice Hall of Fame lawyers are outstanding members of the legal profession whose careers have served as models for lawyers in the general practice

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Don’t Worry If You “Froze” During a Sexual Assault — It Was Normal

Coping After Sexual Assault

Understand the Reaction to Sexual Assault A lot of victims of sexual assault have a very common reaction.  They “freeze”, or become very still, while they are raped or while some other assault is committed against them. Sometimes they feel sleepy or pass out. It’s just a myth that a normal person will fight off a sexual assault, or will get away as fast as they can. The only victims I have ever heard of who did this were both women who were assaulted on public streets in broad daylight by complete strangers attempting to

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