- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bill supporters say will protect North Carolina employers from workers who purposefully get hired as a subterfuge to try to harm a company is now going to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The Senate gave final legislative approval Monday night to the House measure that animal rights organizations and others worry could discourage undercover probes of animal cruelty or food safety violations.

The bill allows an employer to seek civil damages against someone who gains access to non-public areas without authority and commits theft, takes audio or sets up a camera. Rep. Brent Jackson of Duplin County says whistleblower protection laws haven’t been altered.

Sen. Josh Stein of Raleigh tried unsuccessfully to get a vote on an amendment designed to protect workers sued if there’s proof the employer violated the law.

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