July 18, 2016
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 169 on July 18, 2016. The new law restores a North Carolina employee’s right to file a wrongful termination claim in North Carolina state court based on certain kinds of discrimination. Following the passage this spring of the so-called "Bathroom Bill," legislators said HB2 "unintentionally blocked that recourse."
While HB169 restores the option of a state law wrongful termination claim, it imposes a stricter time limitation than before. Under the new law, employees must file such a claim within one year. Previously the time limit was three years.
There are two lawsuits pending that challenge other parts of HB2. North Carolina residents filed one and the U.S. Department of Justice filed the other.
Grainger Pierce and Katie Bradshaw counsel and advise businesses on a wide variety of matters related to Employment and Labor Law. They practice in the firm's Charlotte office.