WORT's Jonathan Zarov interviews Duncan McFadyen, a Host/Reporter with the NPR affiliate WFAE in Charlotte, NC. Today's topic is North Carolina legislature’s response to Charlotte’s expanded non-discrimination ordinance, House Bill 2, passed Thursday March 25, 2016.
Duncan McFadyen writes:
The bill includes a bathroom provision that’s a direct response to Charlotte’s ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity at any place open to the public. Another part prevents local governments from imposing higher wage standards on employers. And, it also establishes a statewide non-discrimination policy for employment and places of public accommodation. But the legislature limits those protections to race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex, or handicap; sexual orientation and gender identity are not included.
The legislation also specifically prohibits people from using the non-discrimination law as a basis for civil lawsuits. Charlotte