This article reviews the recent state and federal cases construing North Carolina's public policy wrongful discharge doctrine. The article also analyzes the most common practical problem that arises in wrongful discharge cases: the causation issue. Finally, the article offers a framework of analysis and a multi-part test for assessing improper motive, a difficult issue which arises in virtually all public policy wrongful discharge cases.
J. Michael McGuinness, North Carolina's Developing Public Policy Wrongful Discharge Doctrine in the New Millennium: Basic Principles, Causation and Proof of Improper Motive, 23 Campbell L. Rev. 203 (2001).