DOJ: North Carolina ‘Bathroom Bill’ Violates the Civil Rights Act
The Department of Justice sent a letter to the governor of North Carolina informing him that the “bathroom bill” he signed into law violates the Civil Rights Act.
The legislation overturns an ordinance that guaranteed LGBT protections, but Governor Pat McCrory has insisted that ordinance was a prime example of government overreach.
Well, according to The Charlotte Observer, the DOJ begs to differ and wants the governor to make it clear by next Monday that “the State will not comply with or implement HB2.”
They write the bathroom bill violates the portions of the Civil Rights Act that concern educational discrimination based on sex and employer discrimination.
Here’s part of the letter:
HB 2… is facially discriminatory against transgender employees on the basis of sex because it treats transgender employees, whose gender identity does not match their biological sex, as defined by HB2, differently from similarly situated non transgender employees…
Please advise the department, therefore, no later than the close of business on May 9, 2016, whether you will remedy these violations of Title VII including by confirming that the state will not comply with or implement HB2.
[h/t The Daily Beast]
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