The North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act is enforced by private lawsuit in state court. Lawsuits are generally based on an alleged violation of the public policy against discrimination in employment embodied in the Act.
Retaliation. There is no private right of action under the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act for discriminatory retaliation (McLean v. Patten Cmtys., Inc., 332 F.3d 714 (4th Cir. N.C. 2003)).
Charges of discrimination under the North Carolina Discrimination in Public Employment Law are enforced by the Office of Administrative Hearings, Civil Rights Division. The Division is authorized to investigate charges of discrimination, conduct hearings, resolve complaints by conference or conciliation, and issue administrative rulings. Decisions may be appealed to the state courts.