Lots of social media discussion has focused on a part of a new North Carolina discrimination law has been focused on one part of the law which would bar people from using the bathroom for the gender they identify as, if their birth certificate said something different.
But the North Carolina law is so much worse. In fact, the law does so much more that its not even accurate to call it a “bathroom law”–as much as the wing nuts would like you to keep doing so. Here’s what you need to know:
1 -The law is much like one GOP Sen. (then Rep.) Kris Hansen introduced in the 2011 Montana legislature – it bans local governments from making discrimination illegal in their communities. After it passed the house by party line vote, Hansen’s own party helped kill it in the senate by sending it back to a committee that would ensuring it would never see the light of day again. Cowgirl readers will remember this bill, because convicted fraudster Harris Himes came to testify in support of Hansen’s bill, saying he believed that the bible demands that all gay people should be put to death.
2-The North Carolina bill also strips workers of their right to sue if they are fired because of their race, gender, or religion. As Mother Jones reports,
The language does not repeal North Carolina’s job-bias law, which continues to ban discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, or disability. But it forces workers seeking redress for discrimination into the federal system, where access is more difficult, the rules are much more complicated, and businesses often have significant advantages. Time, in particular, is on employers’ side: Under federal law, fired workers have just 180 days to file a claim, versus three years in state court. In the past, workers who missed the federal deadline — not uncommon for someone in emotional and economic crisis — could sue under state law instead, said Raleigh attorney Eric Doggett. Now, he predicted, many will discover they’re “hosed.”
3 – The North Carolina bill also bans local minimum wage ordinances like the one recently passed in Seattle for a $15 minimum wage.