Burton Files Amicus Brief in Wilcox v. City of Asheville

In Wilcox v. City of Asheville, Burton Craige co-authored an amicus brief for NCAJ in the Court of Appeals.  This police shooting case raises important issues about public official immunity and the availability of remedies under the North Carolina Constitution.  In August 2012, the Court of Appeals accepted plaintiff’s argument against the immunity defense, but

Rawls Prevails in Court of Appeals in Workers’ Compensation Case

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of one of the firm’s clients in an appeal brought by the defendants.  In Rawls v. Yellow Roadway Corporation, the Full Commission awarded Veran Rawls ongoing total disability compensation since his 2005 truck accident.  Defendants argued that the Full Commission had erred in several findings of fact,

The 4th Circuit CoA Reversed the Granting of Summary Judgment to the employer, Finding Merit in a Claim of Discriminatory Discharge

In Burgess v. Bowen, Denise Burgess, an African American female, worked as an executive for the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (“SIGIR”).  Burgess had requested an administrative assistant be hired for her and another African American woman, Patricia Redmon, was hired.  Ginger Cruz a former employee of SIGIR came back to the agency and was installed

4th Circuit Rules that Internal Complaints are Protected Activities Under FLSA’s Anti-Retaliation Provision

In Minor v. Bostwick Laboratories, Inc., Kathy Minor was hired by Bostwick Laboratories as a medical technologist on December 24, 2007.  She received satisfactory or above average ratings at her only performance review on April 30, 2008, just twelve days before her firing.  On May 6, 2008, Minor and several co-workers met with Bostwick’s chief operating

4th Circuit CoA Rules on Attorneys Fees in Unsuccessful Title VII Suit

The EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc., EEOC accused Great Steaks of subjecting female employees to a sexually hostile work environment.  Although at the start of the case the EEOC asserted its claim on behalf of seven or eight claimants, that number diminished to just one by trial.  After a three-day trial, the jury rendered a verdict

4th Circuit CoA Ruled that Federal Employees are Barred from Bringing Title VII Suits in State Court

In Bullock v. Napolitano, Willie Bullock was a former employee in the federal air marshal program and sued the Department of Homeland Security for racial discrimination under Title VII.  He filed suit in North Carolina superior court and the defendant removed to federal court.  The district court then granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss on sovereign immunity

Appeals Court Decides Two Workers’ Comp Cases

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently published decisions in the following cases: In Coffey v Weyerhaeuser Co., the Court,based on N.C.G.S. 97-38 in the Workers’ Compensation Act, was tasked with determining “whether [Barber’s] death occurred within two years of the Commission’s final determination of disability.”  Dennis Barber, Sr.  was diagnosed with asbestosis in 1997 and laryngeal cancer in 1998;

NC COA Addresses Exception to Workers’ Comp Preemption

In Trivette v. Yount the defendant, a middle school principle, had a fire extinguisher removed from a classroom after a student had removed the safety pin and discharged the extinguisher.  The fire extinguisher was brought to the front office to avoid any further incident.  The following day the defendant placed the fire extinguisher on or