Here We Go: Justice Department Challenges N.C. Bathroom Law; Claims That Bill Requiring Transgender People to Use Bathrooms That Match Their Biological Sex Is In Violation of Federal Law

Public-bathrooms-Transgender-people

The Justice Department has sent letters to North Carolina’s governor and university system leaders notifying them that the state’s transgender law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act, according to a Justice Department official.

House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, puts in place a statewide policy that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex.

The federal letters said, “Access to sex-segregated restrooms and other workplace facilities consistent with gender identity is a term, condition or privilege of employment. Denying such access to transgender individuals, whose gender identity is different from their gender assigned at birth, while affording it to similarly situated non-transgender employees, violates Title VII.”

The Justice Department letters ask for a response by May 9 on “whether you will remedy these violations of Title VII.”

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement, but didn’t specifically say what the state will do.

“A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.

“The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”

Click here to continue reading.

SOURCE: CNN – Ralph Ellis