N.C.’s Sweeping Anti-Gay Law Goes Way Beyond Targeting LGBTs

So, North Carolina uses state rights to pass a law that discriminates against LGBT’s, and in the same statue, removes state rights to sue for employment discrimination, leaving people to use the federal option.

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Posted on 03/26/2016, in civil rights, LGBT, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. These republican legislators can’t stop themselves from pandering to the fears of their evangelical constituents. Don’t they know the harm that they are doing in dividing peoples? This includes economic harm. If I were a business thinking about a new location, I would never consider a state like this. I do not want my employees subject to this toxic environment.

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  2. I believe this will be contested and repealed. Laws like this are bad for business.

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  3. Two sides to a story

    I’m guessing that this violates Federal law and won’t fly. Scary stuf, though.

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    • Mindyme and Two Sides,
      There are states that have no employment discrimination statute. Some states, such as Illinois, have an administrative agency that handles complaints of employment discrimination, but employees are not obligated to use them and can go directly to federal court.

      Some things that the article did not mention, such as, no complaint of employment discrimination can be filed in the federal courts unless the employee has first filed a charge with the EEOC. The EEOC interviews and decides whether the complaint is valid.

      HOWEVER, (and this is important as it concerns N.C.), the EEOC is short staffed, and often does not take cases to represent parties unless it concerns the management and employment policies of large employers. What they do in other cases is issue what is called a right to sue letter. The employee then has 90 days to file a complaint in a federal court.

      There aren’t many attorneys who practice civil rights employment law. Of the few that do, most play both sides of the fence representing employers also, which means that it’s almost impossible finding an attorney (and especially in small towns) who does not have a conflict of interest.

      North Carolina has now cut off the legs of employees who believe they have been discriminated against. While the article only mentioned employment discrimination when employees are terminated from their jobs, there are numerous employees who allege discrimination who have not been terminated. It could be discrimination in promotions, religious discrimination, family leave or disability discrimination. All discrimination in the workplace does not involve race.

      Like many other laws, legislatures intend to punish or oppress a certain group of individuals, and it trickles down to effect individuals not in that group.

      The fact that the statute legislates where LGBT individuals can use washrooms, and cuts off the legs of employees discriminated against in the workplace, sends a powerful message of oppression over the state. And, since there is already a federal option for employment discrimination, there is nothing that can be done to force N.C. to reinstate its state law on that matter.

      There’s a name for that type of oppression.

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  4. I hit ‘post comment’ before I meant to. I wish those in power would think these things through a bit more before implementing their hateful laws onto others.

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    • Mindyme,
      Absolutely! The washroom statute is a joke. A transgendered woman to man who has not undergone the surgical trans will go into a stall. Men go into stalls. A transgendered male to woman would go into a stall — no urinals in women rest rooms. So, what’s the problem? Are they going to require a physical exam of everyone before entering a rest room?

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