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What is the FAIR Act?

Did you know that, if your employer sexually harasses you, steals your wages, or discriminates against you when awarding promotions, you may not be able to sue them? If this comes as a surprise to you, you’re not alone. What is a Mandatory Arbitration Agreement? Think about all those forms you signed when you were hired. You know – the ones you didn’t read? One of them may have been a mandatory arbitration agreement. Nearly 60 million U.S. workers were hired only after signing mandatory arbitration agreements. Many of those workers, by signing, unknowingly forfeited …

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The most Dangerous Jobs in America: Are you at Risk?

No matter what you do for a living, there’s always a chance that you will be seriously injured on the job, perhaps even fatally. Some occupations, however, present more risk than others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017, there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries that year, which is one of the highest totals in the decade.  According to the BLS report, these are the seven most dangerous jobs in America today. 1. Commercial Fishing In 2017, the fatal injury rate was 100 per 100,000 workers, making …

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Valerie Johnson Wins Ebbie Award

Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC congratulates Valerie Johnson for being selected by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as a recipient of the 2019 Ebbie Award. The award is named after Ebbie Bailey, who helped her husband establish the North Carolina Advocates for Justice more than 50 years ago. NCAJ created the award in 2003 in Ebbie Bailey’s  honor to “recognize service and inspired commitment to NCAJ and its mission.” This year, Valerie was recognized for her strong advocacy for justice, particularly for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. She …

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Settlement Agreements in NC Workers’ Comp Cases

In 2017 there were 183 fatal work injuries in North Carolina.  For every fatal workers’ compensation injury, there are many more that leave workers with permanent disabilities.  Some injured workers face long periods of time out of work. Others may have ongoing medical treatment needs. Many injured employees will have both.   If you’ve been injured at work, sooner or later you (or your lawyer) may get a call from the workers’ compensation adjuster, asking you if you’re ready to settle.  What does it mean when you settle a workers’ compensation claim? Should you settle your …

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Fewer Protections for Kids at Private Schools than Public Schools for Sexual Abuse

When we send our children off to school every day, we assume that the system will keep them safe. Unfortunately, recent reports of sexual exploitation and abuse, especially in the private school system, is enough to make us wonder if that trust is misplaced. In May 2018, a teacher at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), a private school serving students from preschool through 12th grade, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a ninth-grade student. The school and its headmistress were also accused of ignoring the allegations of abuse, which took place from …

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