N.C. Governor Backpedals from Transgender Bias Bill

Critics say move is more cosmetic than real

Apr 13, 2016
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​​North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina, criticized for signing legislation limiting bathroom access for transgender people and eliminating anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation, announced today that he would strengthen workplace protections for state employees and urge the General Assembly to modify part of the law. But he stopped short of opposing limits on which bathrooms transgender people could use. 
(New York Times)

Anxiety over Transgender Women in Restrooms Persists 
The use of women’s restrooms by those transitioning from male to female remains tricky, and not just in North Carolina. Indiana passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year that was criticized as permitting discrimination by businesses against gay individuals. Georgia’s legislature has passed similar legislation and its governor has until May 3 to decide whether to veto it. 
(SHRM Online)

PayPal Abandons New Facility Plans Due to N.C. LGBT Law 
California-based online payments company PayPal has abandoned plans to build a new facility in Charlotte, N.C., in response to a controversial new North Carolina law that restricts local governments from extending civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
(SHRM Online)

More companies are helping transgender employees through transition 
Transgender individuals still struggle to find fair treatment in the workplace, but corporate America appears to have reached a tipping point. A growing number of companies are grasping the need to include transgender status in their diversity efforts and policies. 
(HR Magazine)

California Employers Receive Guidance on Transgender Employees 
California employers have received additional direction regarding their responsibilities with respect to transgender employees. California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued guidance Feb. 17 clarifying transgender employees’ rights in the workplace, and although the document is not legally binding, employers would be well-served to consider its message.
(SHRM Online)

Dana Wilkie is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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