Private employers. Under the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act, discrimination in employment based on religion is a violation of public policy (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 143-422.1et seq.). The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees.
Public employers. The North Carolina Discrimination in Public Employment Law prohibits the state and all its political subdivisions from discriminating in employment because of religion or creed (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-16).
Agreements with foreign governments, foreign persons, or international organizations. Under a separate state law, it is unlawful for a public or private employer to enter into an agreement with any foreign government, foreign person, or international organization that requires the employer to terminate, refuse to hire, or fail to promote a person because of the person's race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, or foreign trade relationships (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 75B-1 et seq.). Triple damages may be awarded for a willful violation of this law (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 75B-4).