The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Monday against North Carolina saying that state entities were in violation of provisions in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX the Education Acts Amendment of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that outlaw discrimination on the basis of sex.
“Ultimately I think it’s time for the U.S. Congress to bring clarity to our national anti-discrimination provisions,” Mr. McCrory, a Republican, said on Monday. “Right now, the Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law.” – Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina
Later Monday, the Justice Department argued in its own suit that North Carolina’s law, which prohibits people from using public restrooms that do not correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificates, compelled “public agencies to follow a facially discriminatory policy.”
The state law, which has drawn substantial criticism from businesses and gay rights groups, overturns local anti-discrimination ordinances and bars any new ones. It also blocks people from bringing discrimination claims in state courts. Mr. McCrory said on Monday that the legislature should amend the law to reinstate the right to sue for wrongful termination from a job.