The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., upheld a local jury verdict that ordered Florida-based Summit Contracting Group to pay $750,000 to the fired worker, Justin Driskell of Georgia. The ruling closed legal gaps that let companies fire workers who raise health and safety complaints at an important time as workers raise COVID-19 related health and safety concerns in the workplace.
Van Kampen Law in the News
School starts in a few weeks, and many students will be learning remotely from home. Lots of working parents are wondering what to do, especially if their child isn’t old enough to stay at home alone or needs help keeping up with the schoolwork. Learn more about the laws and regulations to protect your employment rights during this transitional period.
After an attack on the job, Justin Driskell takes his case against Summit Contracting, Inc. to the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court in the District Court of Western North Carolina. Listen to court proceedings represented by Josh Van Kampen.
As businesses start opening up and employees are going back to work, some are being asked to take a significant pay cut in order to keep their job. If you’re asked to take a substantial wage cut, what protections are in place in North Carolina to protect your pay?
During North Carolina’s Phase 1 Economy reopening, employees are questioning if they are ready to return to work. It’s every employer’s right to provide a safe and hazard free workplace for their employees, but how can this be accomplished during COVID-19?
A former administrator at Central Piedmont Community College sued the Charlotte-based school this week, claiming she and 28 other employees were fired or forced out because they’re older than 40. Read more updates from the lawsuit.
Carolyn White, former Central Piedmont Community College associate vice president, is suing the college for gender and age discrimination after she and a dozen other female staff members over the age of 40 were laid off in 2017.
As North Carolina businesses prepare to reopen during the Phase 1 Economic Reopening Stage, many employees are not eager to return to their old jobs. Do government benefits have to do with more workers staying at home?
CHARLOTTE — If you get hurt on the job, you are probably covered to get worker’s compensation. However, if you get the COVID-19 virus on the job, that may not be the case. Action 9’s Jason Stoogenke looks into what happens whether workers comp comes into play if you catch the virus. For more resources […]
Recently issued U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines give employers leeway to aggressively respond to coronavirus, but experts say employers will have to tread carefully without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Further legislation must protect workers and show that employees with COVID-19 are not an impediment to employers.
By: Jason Stoogenke – Updated: April 3, 2020 – 1:57 PM CHARLOTTE — Lashonda Price is a registered medical assistant for Atrium Health. She told Action 9′s Jason Stoogenke she was working in a doctor’s office, but she’s now at Atrium Health – Main — coming in contact with COVID-19 patients. “I am actually doing […]
Despite stay-at-home orders in Mecklenburg County local employees say they’re being forced to show up to work or face losing their jobs. A Charlotte employment attorney is calling on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to sign an executive order protecting employees from retaliation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.