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Al Franken: HB2 makes it harder for people - especially minorities and women - to fight discrimination in the workplace
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According to Propublica, the North Carolina legislature rushed last month to pass HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which demands transgender people to use public restrooms according to the biological sex on their birth certificate.

The ACLU and others went to court to contest the parts of HB2 that target bathrooms and to overturn local LGBT ordinances, arguing that they violate the U.S. Civil Rights Act and U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

In this case, American comedian, actor, politician, and writer, and the junior United States Senator from Minnesota Al Franken shared on Facebook:

'I've strongly opposed North Carolina's discriminatory law - known as HB2 - from the beginning. And while there's rightly been a national outcry over the law's assault on the LGBT community, we can't forget about all of the other terrible stuff the law mandates.

For example, if a worker is fired in North Carolina because of their race, sex, age, religion, or disability, they no longer have the right to seek justice in the state's courts. So in addition to eliminating legal protections for the LGBT community, HB2 makes it harder for people - especially minorities and women - to fight discrimination in the workplace.

The law also bans any local government in the state from raising its minimum wage above $7.25 an hour, eliminating an important tool in fighting income inequality.

And there's a whole lot more.

The people of North Carolina deserve better than to have their own governor working to take away their rights. Governor McCrory should never have signed HB2, and we need to keep fighting until it's repealed.'

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, officially called An Act to Provide for Single-sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities in Schools and Public Agencies and to Create Statewide Consistency in Regulation of Employment and Public Accommodations, but commonly known as House Bill 2 or HB2, is an act passed in the U.S. state of North Carolina in 2016.

It has been described as the most anti-LGBT legislation in the United States, while proponents call it a 'common sense bill.'

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