North Carolina - Workers’ Rights

Definition of agricultural worker under state law:

Under the state’s Wage and Hour Act, “‘[a]griculture’ includes farming in all its branches performed by a farmer or on a farm as an incident to or in conjunction with farming operations.” (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 95-25.2)

Wages and Overtime

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage:


State Enforcement Agency

NC Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Bureau


NC Department of Labor, Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Bureau


Occupational Safety and Health

Workers’ Compensation

State Enforcement Agency:

North Carolina Industrial Commission


Relevant Forms:

Field Sanitation

State Enforcement Agency:

North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Agricultural Safety and Health Bureau


Pesticide Safety

State Enforcement Agency:

North Carolina Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pesticide Section


Right to Join Unions and Collective Bargaining in Agriculture

State Legal Services Organizations

Legal Aid of North Carolina – Farmworker Unit

North Carolina Justice Center

Southern Poverty Law Center- Immigrant Justice Project