Philadelphia police say a woman was stabbed approximately 10 times late Saturday night in the Kingsessing section of the city.
Dawne: Had a very interesting meeting at work this past week, where my company held a session to discuss HB2. They had an employment lawyer come in to speak to (1) what the law entails, (2) what the media has left out (because it doesn't sell), and (3) clear up misconceptions that are out there. For all I knew about this bill, and that most of us there knew, what we learned made all of us walk out of that auditorium LIVID at the state of N.C. 1 - Safety was a reason cited by the Gov. for this bill. There are 44,000 people in the state that have identified themselves as part of the LGBTQ+ community (I hate that term - is there a "heterosexual community"???). There are ZERO cases in the state of N.C. history where someone who is LGBTQ+ has sexually assaulted another person in a restroom/locker room/ etc. 2 - there are 18 states that have laws allowing someone who is transgender to use the bathroom they identify with. Again, ZERO cases in all 18 of these states where someone who is transgender or gay has sexually assaulted another person in a restroom. 3 - When the governor was confronted with these facts, he admitted there were no cases. Media never reported that he had to backtrack. 4 - ANY business - restaurant, taxi service, hotel can now discriminate and refuse service based on sexual orientation. You can be straight as an arrow, but if a business doesn't THINK you are, you can be refused service. 5 - The original ordinance put in place by the mayor forced companies that even contracted with the city to pay workers better...pay a "living wage". HB2 killed that. 6 - No longer can lawsuits for any form of workplace discrimination, or harassment (including wrongful discharge) be heard in N.C. court. Had I brought lawsuits against prior employers for hostile workplace or wrongful discharge (which I could have), those cases would now be tossed out. 7 - Federal law of Title 7 (which protects against workplace discrimination) and Title 9 (which originally allowed for girls/women to be allowed to participate in sports, and now also covers that both accuser and defendant in school sexual assault cases are to be treated equally) among other laws, are the minimum standard by which each state is required to operate. States and cities may add EXTRA layers on top of the Federal law, but are not supposed to go beneath it. HB2 has stripped cities and towns of the ability to add any extra layers of discrimination protection, and is also in violation of Federal Law, as it is allowing for discrimination that Federal Law protects against. 8 - While the governor backtracked enough on HB2 that it would allow state lessees to make their own bathroom rules (ie, Time Warner Cable Arena), in an effort to try to keep the NBA All-Star game, it still allows for discrimination by hotels, restaurants, taxis, etc. 9 - Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau typically receives anywhere from 5-7 inquiries a week for conventions. Since HB2 was passed? ZERO. 10 - Yes, companies have travel bans in place, not allowing their employees to travel to NC. Because they are protecting their employees from discrimination/refusal of service. What company wants to send their employee to an area on a business trip, that when the employee gets there, if the hotel *thinks* the person is LGBTQ+, they can refuse to rent him/her a room? 11 - The DOT, state schools and she mentioned one other state organization (blanking on it), all receive federal funding (so this would go towards any state service that receives federal funding) are all also supposed to abide by Federal discrimination law. That is part of the contract/charter that comes with that funding. With HB2 being in direct contest to Federal law, it means those terms are being violated. 12-Yes, companies have elected not to come here to build. It's not because of simply a bathroom. it's that this law allows for discrimination ACROSS THE BOARD. Studies have shown that areas that discriminate don't attract the best talent. They aren't going to build here if they can't attract top notch people (logical move!). I believe it was Des Moines that was one of the first cities to put extra protection in for LGBTQ+. They have enjoyed a huge boom thanks to that. Millennials are attracted to diversity (Millenials cover the group through at least 35 y/o), not to discrimination. Would you build your office in a place where you wouldn't be able to attract top talent and grow your business? 13 - To continue the above, HB2 means that businesses that are already here, will not be able to attract top talent, even if their internal policies are about non-discrimination. This bill damages the ability of current businesses in the state to recruit. 14 - Why should a tourist come to NC when they have to fear they will be refused service if someone so much as thinks they are LGBTQ+? Would anyone willingly go somewhere they could face discrimination? Or spend money somewhere that they KNOW there's a lower risk of it happening? 15 - The case is currently still before a Federal judge in Winston-Salem (Judge Schroeder) . The judge has ordered the governor's lawyer to produce proof that this bill was properly vetted through the public. Legally, that's how it's supposed to be done. This was never vetted through the public, or at least with enough lead time for their to be discussion, etc. with it. This of course, didn't make the mainstream news. 16 - the judge asked point blank how this would be enforced. *crickets* no provisions for how this was going to be enforced. McCrory's lawyer, when asked about it stated "My guess is that some transgender people will use the restrooms they always have, and no one will notice.” (you mean what's happened all along?), and the judge responded "then why have the law"? This of course, didn't make the mainstream news. 17 - Interesting to hear that one of the earliest stories of a hermaphrodite, dates from 16th century Spain, when a "woman" was too good at fencing, and had to prove she was female. It was discovered that she was actually a hermaphrodite. When presented before the 16th century Spanish judge, for the Judge to decide what gender she actually was, the JUDGE said that it was up to her. If she felt she was a woman, then that was what she was. If she felt she was a man, then HE was a man. Esteban lived out the rest of HIS days as a man. The amount of damage this bill has already caused is well over $100,000,000 (the estimate from losing the NBA All-Star game alone). Because it's unknown how many events that were cancelled were due to HB2, it could be higher than that. Should the Judge rule in favor of the state with HB2, the damage is going to easily go into the billions, and the Federal Government will keep this fight going. This is about more than a bathroom. This is about people not being discriminated against based on yes, their sexuality, but also their age, their gender, and about being paid a living wage.