Pat McCrory, you're on notice: Either confirm to the U.S. Justice Department by Monday that North Carolina "will not comply with or implement HB2,” or find yourself answering for a violation of The U.S. Civil Rights Act.
That directive came down from the Justice Department on Wednesday afternoon. If the state doesn't cease and desist, there are consequences, as reported by The Charlotte Observer:
The letter says HB2, which pre-empted Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance, violates Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination in education based on sex.
If that determination is upheld, North Carolina could lose millions in federal school funding. During the current school year, state public schools received $861 million in federal funding.
There are others who've been put on notice as well.
From the Justice Department letter:
“We further inform you that that today the department sent letters addressed to the NC Department of Public Safety and the University of NC similarly notifying them of our conclusion that they have engaged in violations of Title VII as well as violations of Title IX.”
Prepare for a long battle.