“(This law) also impacts other people in ways, such as your right to bring a state claim if you’ve been wrongfully terminated,” Meno said. “That applies to everybody and there are other parts that affect fair wage and employment policies.”
And Kate Oakley, senior counsel of the Human Rights Campaign, questioned how the law could change defense against discrimination for reasons other than sexuality.
“(HB2) also overturned ordinances in Greensboro and Orange County, which protected veterans from discrimination,” Oakley said. “It may be that a claim of discrimination on the basis of religion will only result in a mediation.”
Because of Title IX, a federal law prohibiting universities from discriminating on the basis of sex, the state could be putting at least $4.5 billion in federal funds at risk, she said.
“That number doesn’t include other federal funding that universities receive from the federal government for research or other projects,” she said.
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