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Why does the state force employees to disclose personal information to file a complaint, since it could threaten their jobs?

John Peaspanen


Q. Why does The North Carolina Department of Labor force employees to disclose full personal information in order to accept a complaint, given that it could threaten their employment?

A. Not all complaint filings require full disclosure. And not all information given is made public.

According to Dolores Quesenberry, director of communications for the N.C. Department of Labor, “We handle many different types of complaints. If you are referring to a workplace complaint, the department accepts these as anonymous complaints. Just because they are asked to provide their name does not mean that the name will be released to the public or that the complaint is not considered confidential.”

Quesenberry said that a name is required for wage complaints. She explained, “The names of complainants are needed for a wage complaints, in order for the investigator to substantiate the complaint. Employees that are being retaliated against — because they filed an OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) complaint or filed a workers’ compensation claim — are protected under the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act.”


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