Politifact Gives Governor McCrory's Bogus Claims on HB2 "False" Rating

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A new state law that bans cities and counties creating their own non-discrimination laws has put Governor McCrory's destructive leadership into the national spotlight. As businesses such as Wells Fargo, IBM, Lowe's, and Red Hat condemn the law, McCrory has struggled to defend it. Now Politifact has given his most recent claims a "false" rating, further showing how low McCrory has sunk. 

Read why Politifact gave McCrory's statements a "False" in their ratings here: 

Taking a broader look at the law, it also took away a right that had previously been available to residents of any and every city in the state – the ability to file a state lawsuit over discriminatory firing.

Such claims had been accepted by state courts since the 1980s, but they are no longer valid under HB2.

"This Article does not create, and shall not be construed to create or support, a statutory or common law private right of action, and no person may bring any civil action based upon the public policy expressed herein," the law states.

"This is a seismic issue," said Eric Doggett, a Raleigh lawyer who works in employment discrimination. "It’s huge. It’s a massive loss of rights, and it happened with almost no debate."

Laura Noble, a Chapel Hill employment discrimination lawyer, agreed.

"I won’t refer to this as a ‘bathroom bill’ because that's really not what it's about," she said. "It’s about the elimination of discrimination protections."

The law does say people who believe they were fired for discriminatory reasons can still bring suits to the state executive branch’s Human Resource Commission.

But Doggett said that group doesn’t have the ability to award damages, like the state courts did until last Wednesday.

"There’s no remedy," he said. "They have no teeth. … If we state it's the public policy of this state not to discriminate on those bases, it doesn’t mean anything if we can't enforce it."

Noble concurred, saying that no matter the state discrimination policy is now, it’s largely meaningless.

"What's the point of having it on the books if there's no sanctions if someone violates it?" She said.

People can still file federal discrimination lawsuits. However, both attorneys said federal courts have a much shorter statute of limitations than state courts – less than six months, compared to three years – which often stops plaintiffs from suing if they have a case but waited too long.

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  1. Sandra Greer's avatar
    Sandra Greer
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    I will never vote against this law. We as God's children have the right to exercise our Christianity. If you don't like the law go to another vendor who will grant your wishes. We have the right to service who we & we will stand strong for our beliefs. We expect you to respect our beliefs & you can find vendors who will help you.
  2. Shane's avatar
    Shane
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    Have your church pay taxes and I'll give that silly comment about God's children some credit.. you Cleary have NO understanding of the 1st Amendment or the 14th Amendment
  3. Deborah Stephenson's avatar
    Deborah Stephenson
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    This law did not protect women and children. It protects businesses from discrimination suits. Why can't everyone see that the bathroom issue is there to take your eyes off the real purpose for this law.
  4. Ellen's avatar
    Ellen
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    Sandra - So discrimination behind a vale of religion is okay? (Let me answer that for you - no, it's not. It's still discrimination). You're basically hiding behind your religion as a means of hating people who you do not agree with. That's pretty sad. And as Shane pointed out, I think you need to read up on the 1st and 14th amendments. We have a separation of church and state here in the US, and creating laws based on religious beliefs is unconstitutional. HB2 is unconstitutional.
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