The General Assembly adjourned the 2016 short session late in the evening on Friday, July 1, 2016. Before they adjourned, they added language to House Bill 169 to restore state claims to sue for wrongful employment discharge for discrimination that HB 2 took away. The bill, HB 169, was an effort to address that one concern with HB 2. However, this is only a partial restoration in the way that the statute of limitations for wrongful termination in NC was cut from 3 years to 1 year. Further, the State’s public policy as set forth in N.C.G.S. s 143-422 still only provides for discrimination based on ‘sex’ (like HB 2’s “biological sex”) and not ‘gender.’ You can read HB 169 here: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/HTML/H169v7.html
If you have questions about employment law or other civil litigation issues, please call Tracy Stroud at 252-321-2020.