This article will analyze Sides, Guy, and other authorities relevant to the development of the doctrine of wrongful discharge in North Carolina. With support from recent commentary, this article concludes that the true meaning of the North Carolina public policy exception is not limited to the facts of Sides. Rather, Sides and earlier authorities provide that abusive employee discharges in violation of established public policy are not insulated by the at will rule.
J. Michael McGuinness, The Doctrine of Wrongful Discharge in North Carolina: The Confusing Path from Sides to Guy and the Need for Reform, 10 Campbell L. Rev. 217 (1988).