Could you imagine being denied service from a local business because they questioned your sexual preference?
Well, in North Carolina this a reality for many people because of the passing of the highly criticized HB2 bill.
Now, I know many of you have heard it being referred to across major media outlets as the “Bathroom Bill,” or the bill that caused the NBA to pull the All-Star game from Charlotte in 2017. But, I wanted to give a bit more clarification, for those who may still be confused:
Part I (pages 1-3): This is the so-called “Bathroom Bill” and makes up only the first Part of the five Parts of House Bill 2. It regulates bathroom usage around the concept of “biological sex” which it defines as “[t]he physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a persons’s birth certificate.” Oddly, this “Bathroom Part” of the Bill doesn’t provide any penalties for people who ignore it.
Part II (page 3): This Part and the remaining parts of the Bill have unfortunately been largely ignored by the press. Let’s try to fix that now. Part II jumps from bathrooms and straight men putting on dresses to the totally unrelated subjects of restricting minimum wage increases and child labor protections. This Part prohibits local governments from regulating or imposing “any requirement upon an employer pertaining to compensation of employees, such as the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce.”
Part III (pages 3-4): Here House Bill 2 continues its attack on workers. Before the Bill, North Carolina’s public policy was: “to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination or abridgement on account of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap by employers which regularly employ 15 or more employees.”
After tweaking the old public policy protection against “sex” discrimination to discrimination based on “biological sex,” Part III then effectively guts all the public policy section by providing that it “does not create . . . a statutory or common law private right of action, and no person may bring any civil action based upon the public policy expressed herein.” In other words, there is no longer any state law claim for discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex (biological or otherwise) or handicap.
Here is a link to the legislation, for those who are interested in reading it: HERE
Now, most politicians would only want you to focus on the first part of the bill, but to me the whole thing is flawed.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, brought humor to the issue by creating a food truck that refused to sell to gay people. The skit is hilarious, but also eye-opening as to the type of discrimination that HB2 permits.
Check it out below:
What are your thoughts on the bill?!?