Women’s group speaks out against House Bill 2 in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The battle over North Carolina’s controversial “House Bill 2″ continued today in Greenville.

The “Women for the Repeal of #HB2” coalition rallied on the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse.

The group spoke out against claims by Governor McCrory and legislative leaders who say the law protects women.

Transgendered woman Lara Americo says this law puts her life and others in danger.

“Now with HB2, I’m the one who’s afraid and I’m the one who needs protection,” Americo said.

Crystal Richardson, Director of Advocacy for Equality NC, says it’s not just the law’s bathroom policy that has this group worried.

“This law puts women in danger of discrimination; employment and wage discrimination,” Richardson said.

In a press release, Turnout! NC says by preventing local municipalities from setting their own minimum wage, the bill targets women, who make up 6 in 10 minimum wage workers in North Carolina according to the National Women’s Law Center. The bill also prohibits the ability to sue under state employment non-discrimination laws.

Governor McCrory has asked the General Assembly to move discrimination lawsuits back to state court, but lawmakers have yet to act.

“Women for the Repeal of #HB2” is a statewide project of Turnout! NC dedicated to highlighting how HB2 targets women and transgendered people in North Carolina.

The coalition will make its next stop in Charlotte later this week.

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