HB 2 goes way beyond bathrooms and attacking LGBT. It removes core worker anti-discrimination protections that state law has provided to workers since the 1970s. Also, how disastrous HB 2 is for women needs to be shared!
Starting with how terrible HB 2 is for EVERYONE. In”A lawyer’s perspective on why HB2 is a plague infested rat,” 4/28/16, author Sean Herrmann writes,
“[F]or the first time in decades, North Carolina courts closed their doors to those fired because of their race, sex, age, disability, national origin, or religion. Those wrongfully terminated are left with only federal discrimination laws, which are largely inferior to the now defunct state discrimination claims. North Carolina joins Mississippi as the only two states that do not offer their citizens state law protection against the most basic forms of discrimination. “
Thus, HB2 leaves employees who are fired because they are not white, or because they are female or because they are not Christian (or because they are Christian!) without any effective protections under state law.
In addition, this means “HB 2 eliminates all existing state law remedies for women from being demoted, transferred, or terminated from their job because of their sex,” as Rick Glazier clarifies in 18 Questions, 18 Answers: The real facts behind House Bill 2.
Federal courts are harder to navigate and usually more expensive, making them less accessible for women who still earn less than men. “In 2014, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent,” according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
HB 2 also blocks local ordinances to raise to help workers by raising minimum wage. Do you know that HB 2 targets women with the restriction on minimum wage because most minimum wage workers are women! According to a report from the National Women’s Law Center released in May 2015, women represent close to two-thirds of minimum wage workers in North Carolina, and in the nation.
It’s difficult to overestimate the damage this law has done to NC. It deserves to be repealed immediately to stop the damage to our people, our economy and to North Carolina’s reputation.