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Category Archive: Workers’ Rights

Workers Compensation for Undocumented Workers, Part 3: Handling Challenging Claims

This is Part 3 of our series on workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants. You can find links to the entire series here. It is not unusual for undocumented workers to use a pseudonym, or false name, when seeking employment. In fact, it’s not unusual for several people to share the same pseudonym. It’s important your…

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Troubling Campaign Contributions in Labor Commissioner Race

Should the state’s labor commissioner, who oversees workplace safety in North Carolina, accept campaign donations from corporate executives whose companies have been fined or have cases pending before the agency? It’s a question you might want to ask yourself as you head to the polls in November to cast your vote for Commissioner of Labor. According…

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Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers, Part 2: Your Rights Under NC Law

This is Part 2 of our series on workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants. You can find links to the entire series here. North Carolina is home to about 250,000 undocumented immigrants, who represent more than 5 percent of the state’s labor force. These workers are entitled to the same legal protections as anyone else if…

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Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers: A New Blog Series

Today we begin a new series on the blog about the process of applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina if you are an undocumented worker. Despite what your employer, the insurance company or coworkers may have told you, if you are hurt at work, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your…

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NC’s governor is taking away workers’ rights

It’s been happening under the radar screen (unless you’ve been following our warnings about Gov. Pat McCrory’s unchecked power grab). The governor, his political allies and big business and insurance industry lobbyists are trying to to dismantle the N.C. workers’ compensation system. They want to make it harder for injured workers to get the benefits and…

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“Hot Coffee” Viewing Parties

We’ve written here before about “Hot Coffee,” the documentary that tells the real story of the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit brought by Stella Liebeck and the real cost of so-called tort reform. The McDonald’s case became a rallying cry for advocates of so-called “tort reform,” and general public opinion is that Liebeck’s was a frivolous lawsuit,…

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Hear More About How Carolinas Poultry Workers are Mistreated

Reporter Kerry Hall and Editor Rick Thames of The Charlotte Observer were on the NPR show, The State of Things Last week discussing the newspaper’s 22-month investigation into the poultry processing industry in North Carolina and South Carolina. The archive of the show is available online. You can hear about how they conducted their investigation…

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Newspaper series reveals House of Raeford hid worker injuries, refused medical treatment

A nearly two-year investigation by The Charlotte Observer revealed that one of the country’s biggest poultry producers, House of Raeford Farms, covered up injuries and dimissed workers’ request for medical care, clearing in violation of workers’ compensation laws. Reporters spent 22 months investigating the poultry industry in North Carolina and South Carolina, interviewing more than…

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Wal-Mart — The High Cost of Low Price

Tom Domer of WILG Workers First Watch has some interesting thoughts about how Wal-Mart is degrading workers’ rights and hurting communities around the world. Here’s what he had to say in a recent essay about the documentary “Wal-Mart — The High Cost of Low Price,” which deals with the company’s practices:

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