Proposed 'bathroom' bill addresses bathrooms, minimum wage, workplace discrimination

Published: Mar. 22, 2016 at 11:54 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2016 at 1:30 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - A draft of the proposed legislation to be considered by the North Carolina General Assembly during its special session Wednesday includes provisions seeking to overturn portions of Charlotte's recently-passed non discrimination ordinance and several unrelated provisions.

WBTV obtained a copy of the proposed bill, entitled "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," Tuesday night.

The legislation requires that multi-occupancy bathrooms be limited to just one gender, using anatomy and birth certificates as a guide and applies to executive branch agencies controlled by the Governor as well as Council of State members and the UNC System.

A provision in the five-page bill allows school districts to use single occupancy bathrooms to make accommodations for students in special circumstances.

DOCUMENT: Click here to read the full bill

In addition to the provisions of the bill seeking to repeal the bathroom-related portions of Charlotte's non discrimination ordinance, the bill also addresses several workplace issues.

The second part of the bill is referred to as the Wage and Hour Act. Under the act, local governments would be prohibited from setting their own local minimum wage.

The next section of the bill seeks to declare that the regulation of discriminatory practices in employment is an issue of statewide concern and, as such, must be left to the General Assembly.

Finally, the last section of the bill is referred to as the Equal Access to Public Accommodations Act, which places issues of public accommodation in the jurisdiction of the General Assembly.

Under the act, the definition of a public place does not include private clubs or other establishments not open to the public. The Human Relations Commission in the Department of Administration is tasked with receiving, investigating and conciliating complaints of discrimination in public accommodation.

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