North Carolina lawmakers voted to make only a minor change to the controversial legislation that limits protections for LGBT employees and restricts transgender bathroom use. The change allows workers to sue over discrimination using state law, but does not improve LGBT workplace protection or affect the “bathroom” portion of the law.
The change to the law was requested by Republican Governor Pat McCrory, who expressed satisfaction at the results. However, Democrats indicated that the change was far too small and, according to Rep. Grier Martin, did not “fix the core discrimination in that law.” The Human Rights Campaign also expressed displeasure with the law as it stands.
The General Assembly also approved taking $500,000 from a disaster relief fund for legal defense of the law.