No More HB2: What Now for North Carolina Employers?

So, between now and December 1, 2020, North Carolina's nondiscrimination policies, regardless of locality, are governed by state statute and federal law, save for a few limited exceptions for entities that contract with certain local governments. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said the new bill, HB142, "doubled-down on discrimination".

Justice attorneys cited in the one-page notice that House Bill 142, which effectively repealed HB2, was the reason behind the dismissal.

The state repealed HB 2 on March 30, replacing it with a compromise that many LGBT activists found deeply unsatisfactory.

Texas' anti-transgender bill has seemingly stalled, but inspired by North Carolina, Republican state lawmakers have a new plan to expand discrimination against LGBT people.

Then-U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called House Bill 2 "state-sponsored discrimination" last May in announcing the federal lawsuit against North Carolina officials and the University of North Carolina system.

Advocates of the bill, however, said that it doesn't go far enough in protecting the LGBTQ community. As a result, the ACC said the football championship game would return to Charlotte, North Carolina, and all other neutral-site championships that had existing contracts would return as well, beginning with the 2017-18 calendar.

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Gay rights organizations are hailing a Chicago appeals court ruling that companies can not discriminate against LGBT people in the workplace as a "game changer.". The North Carolina state government was closed because of the Good Friday holiday.

It remains to be seen whether Texas will move forward with HB2899, or whether lawmakers other states will seek to pass copycats of the HB2 replacement deal because they've seen such measures won't rise to the level of economic boycott - at least from major sports organizations.

In May, two months after HB2 became law, Obama's federal government filed a lawsuit saying the bill discriminated against trans people and violated federal civil rights statutes.

The ACLU has said it's planning to continue its legal fight for LGBT rights despite the new legislation.

"We are seeking a court order declaring House Bill 2's restroom restriction impermissibly discriminatory, as well as a statewide bar on its enforcement", she said in her announcement.

The repeal-and-replacement of HB2 with HB142 was met with some ire from the LGBT community who saw the replacement as less of a full repeal and more of a dumbing down, with many calling it a "fake repeal". All in all, 31 states (including North Carolina) offer no protections to public and private employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered both sides to file new arguments by late April.

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