- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has left mostly intact its law limiting protections for LGBT people that has sparked protests and federal lawsuits.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a Monday that will restore workers’ ability to use state law to sue over workplace discrimination. The bill does not enhance workplace protections for sexual orientation or gender identity.

McCrory said in a statement the requirement that transgender people use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates is a national issue that will be decided in the courts.

The U.S. Justice Department has said the law violates the federal Civil Rights Act. North Carolina and 21 other states have sued the federal government for overreach. A U.S. District Court Judge said last week he expects a trial In October or November.

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