AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON SENSE REPEAL OF HOUSE BILL 2 AND ADOPTING THE FEDERAL LAW CLASSIFICATIONS FOR NONDISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT.
Repeals SL 2016-99 and SL 2016-3 (popularly known as HB2).
Provides that access to multiple occupancy bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities are governed under law in the same manner as before January 1, 2015.
Amends GS Chapter 143, Article 49A. Renames the article as "Equal Employment and Equal Access to Public Accommodations Act." Declares the public policy of the State to be to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity for employment without discrimination or abridgment on account of race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, handicap, or disability, by employers which regularly employ 15 or more employees. Repeals the declaration preempting local regulation of discriminatory practices by local governments. Declares the public policy of the State to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity to enjoy fully and equally the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of places of public accommodation, without discrimination on any of the bases described above. Exempts persons with bona fide religious beliefs contrary to the requirements of GS 143-422.2 (Legislative declarations) from the requirements of that statute.
Authorizes the Human Relations Commission in the Department of Administration to receive, investigate, and conciliate complaints of discrimination in places of public accommodation, and to effect an amicable resolution of the complaints of discrimination.
Amends each subsection of GS 41A-4, concerning discriminatory housing practices, to add sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, and veteran status to the lists of prohibited bases for discriminatory housing practices in those subsections, except for those in subsection (e) (prohibiting discriminatory housing practices on the basis of having exercised rights under the State Fair Housing Act) and (f) (prohibiting certain discriminatory housing practices on the basis of handicapping condition). Provides that persons with bona fide religious beliefs contrary to the requirements of this statute are exempt from this statute.
Amends GS 41A-5, concerning proof of housing violations, to make conforming changes.