North Carolina has tweaked its highly controversial anti-LGBTI law to allow people to sue for workplace discrimination.
The controversial law, known as House Bill 2 or simply HB2, removes local legal protections for LGBTI people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
Those part of the law remain intact.
‘Today, we have restored the right to sue for discrimination in state courts, which I requested before this year’s legislative session began,’ Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement on Monday (18 July).
Discrimination lawsuits can now be filed in state court within one year of the alleged incident.
The federal government is suing the state and McCrory for implementing the controversial law which has pushed the issue of bathroom bills to the forefront. In response, North Carolina and 21 other states are suing the federal government for overreach and a trial is expected sometime this fall.
Of the bathroom issue McCrory said in his statement: ‘The issue of gender identity and expression in regards to access to bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities is a national issue that will be settled in the courts, in response to North Carolina and 21 other states challenging the federal overreach by the Obama administration.’
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