4th Circ. Transgender Ruling Signals Defeat For NC Law

Law360, New York (April 21, 2016, 7:56 PM EDT) -- When the Fourth Circuit ruled this week that barring a transgender male student from the boys' bathroom in Virginia violates federal education law, it forecast a defeat over North Carolina's already notorious discrimination law.

Among its many provisions, H.B. 2 restricts transgender people's access to public restrooms, which, if enforced in schools, experts say could cost North Carolina $4.5 billion in federal funding. While the Fourth Circuit ruling doesn't touch most of the law, it could be detrimental to public schools and does show that the judges consider bathroom limitations discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

"Public school districts are...

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