The North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act is enforced through civil actions brought in state courts by individuals alleging violations of the Act but only for claims of wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. North Carolina does not recognize a private cause of action under 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.