In the final hours of this year’s legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers Friday approved a slight modification to the state’s controversial anti-LGBT law known as House Bill 2. But the change only affects the portion of the law that didn’t apply to LGBT people, anyway.
The revision, passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the state legislature, restores the right for North Carolina workers to sue for discrimination in state court, according to Raleigh newspaper The News & Oberserver. The change also shortens the statute of limitations for filing such claims from three years to one year. It now goes to the governor’s desk, where he is expected to sign it.
But North Carolina’s existing nondiscrimination laws don’t offer protection for gender identity or sexual orientation, which means even with the change made Friday, it’s still perfectly legal to fire, refuse to hire, or decline to promote LGBT employees in North Carolina simply because they’re LGBT.