North Carolina Gov. McCrory must make a decision by Monday.
The U.S. Department of Justice made it clear today that North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, HB2, is a civil rights infraction, and therefore under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act, that state is now in violation.
In a letter sent to Governor Pat McCrory (R) by the Justice Department, it charges, “The State is engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees and both you, in your official capacity, and the state are engaging in a pattern or practice of resistance"
HB 2 was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory on March 23, 2016 in a special session. It bans protections for LGBT individuals in the workplace, making it legal for employers to discriminate an individual based on gender identity.
It also bans transgender men and women from using the restroom option that most signifies with their gender identity.
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU) and Lambda Legal who are currently representing six LGBT North Carolinians in federal court against HB 2, had this to say about the Justice Departments recent finding
“It is now clearer than ever that this discriminatory law violates civil rights protections and jeopardizes billions of dollars in federal funds for North Carolina. Governor McCrory and the legislators who forced through HB 2 in a single day were warned about these dire consequences, but they ignored the law and the North Carolinians it would harm and passed the bill anyway. The only way to reverse the ongoing damage HB 2 is causing to North Carolina’s people, economy, and reputation is a full repeal.”
Civil Rights Act, Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex, which includes discrimination against transgender individuals based on sex and gender identity.
Civil Rights Act, Title IX prohibits similar discrimination against transgender students and school staff.
Gov. McCrory must make a decision by Monday on whether or not, “the State will not comply with or implement HB2.”