Wrongful Termination In Violation Of The WARN Act North Carolina
Being fired or “laid off” is very stressful. Workers who lose their job should know their rights. Our termination lawyers regularly counsel and represent workers who were wrongfully terminated from their jobs.
Sometimes termination is wrongful because of discrimination or retaliation. Other times, especially after a plant shutdown or closing, it is wrongful simply because the employer did not follow the correct steps or procedure.
Know Your Rights
Were you fired or laid off as part of a plant closing, shutdown, or mass layoff? If so, in most cases the employer must have given both you and certain government offices at least sixty days of notice before the termination.
The United States Labor Code contains a section called WARN. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, requires employers to notify employees before mass layoffs. If your employer breaks this law, you may have a reason to file a lawsuit.
Advanced notice gives workers and their families time to adjust to the idea of being unemployed, and to find other jobs or to go back to school to compete in the North Carolina job market. Sadly, many employers do not abide by the terms of the WARN Act Notice.
Our lawyers are experienced representing North Carolina workers, understand this complex law, and can help you through the legal process. When you have been treated unfairly in your North Carolina workplace, trust us to fight for you.
What Exactly are the WARN Act Requirements?
The WARN Act is a federal law protecting workers by requiring companies with at least one hundred employees to provide advanced notice of mass layoffs. Usually, the employer must notify their employees at least sixty days before a mass layoff or plant shutdown. WARN also requires notice to certain government officials.
If your employer fired you without proper notice, it may be in violation of WARN. With some exceptions, most employees must be notified, including both hourly and salaried employees. For more information, visit WARN Info for Workers or NC WARN Info for Workers. Even if you are unsure if your employer is in violation of the WARN Act, you should consult with an experienced employment law attorney.
I Already Lost My Job! How Can WARN Act Regulations Help?
We understand that no amount of money will compensate you for the pain, stress, and inconvenience of losing your job. We know you just want to get back to the workforce. The WARN Act includes some ways to collect monetary damages, which may help you to support your family or receive some education or training while you are out of work. Types of compensation you may receive if your employer violated the WARN Act regulations:
Our WARN Act lawyers are dedicated to helping you get the maximum benefits possible. If your employer terminated your employment and did not treat you lawfully, you should stand up for your rights.
Be careful! WARN has very important time limits for you to file a claim. If you believe you were terminated as part of a shutdown or mass layoff, you must meet your deadline or you may not be able to pursue your claim at all.
We are experienced wrongful termination lawyers who can help you understand your legal rights and the steps you need to take to protect your rights under WARN. We can also file a lawsuit if we believe your employer is guilty of a WARN Act violation. We also commonly negotiate outside of court to settle or resolve WARN disputes.
If you have been fired from your job and believe is guilty of a WARN Act violation, call us or fill out an online form today.