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NC’s Anti-Retaliation Law For Workers Is Not Working.

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A North Carolina law aimed to protect workers who get injured on the job may not be doing so, according to a new investigative story.

North Carolina’s 1992 Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) is intended to protect workers from retaliation when they file complaints related to on-the-job injury and other health and safety concerns. It should keep employers from firing workers who complain.

But in a new investigative piece in The News and Observer, reporter Greg Gordon tells the story of one worker who claims that REDA’s provisions have failed him. Robert Maughmer was fired from AT&T just three weeks after returning to the job, following a hand injury sustained on the job. He recorded his termination phone call and filed a claim stating his belief that he was fired to prevent a workers’ compensation filing. Host Frank Stasio talks to Greg Gordon about Maughmer’s case and the history of REDA. 

 

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Stacia Brown comes to WUNC from Washington, DC, where she was a producer for WAMU’s daily news radio program, 1A. She’s the creator and host of two podcasts, The Rise of Charm City and Hope Chest. Her audio projects have been featured on Scene on Radio, a podcast of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; BBC 4’s Short Cuts; and American Public Radio’s Terrible, Thanks for Asking.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.