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Motions to be Heard in Calvary Church Lawsuit

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A Mecklenburg county judge is expected to rule on motions made in court Monday afternoon in the growing discrimination lawsuit against Calvary Church and its child development center director. Several families allege their children were wrongly expelled or asked to leave the school because of perceived or real disabilities.

Lawsuit Grows Against Calvary Church Involving Preschool

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Preschool pictures from the Child Development Center at Calvary Church on Pineville-Matthews Road show Sophia Kelleher is cute as a button. Her mom, Serena, says Sophia has done well in school and camps, but Kelleher says Sophia’s experience at Calvary’s preschool left a negative long-term effect.

Man Fired by Bank Says HB2 Limits Legal Options

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One of the least discussed aspects of the state’s new discrimination law is the fact that is strikes down an employee’s right to sue a company for wrongful termination. Rick Copeland is in his 60s and was fired last March from his job as a vice president at BB&T’s office in Gastonia.

Man Files Federal Lawsuit Over Age Discrimination

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte man said North Carolina’s controversial nondiscrimination law is keeping him from getting justice after he said he was fired because of his age. “It was purely age discrimination,” Rick Compton, 60, said. “They were just getting rid of the old guy.”

Lawsuit: Chiropractor Asked Woman to Undress for Job Interview

MINT HILL, N.C. – A woman is suing a Mint Hill chiropractor who she claims had her undress and undergo a chiropractic exam when she applied for a job. Carrie Jenkins, 27, from Monroe, says in her complaint that she had applied for a job with Dr. Keith Helmendach at the Charlotte Spine and Pain Relief Center in Mint Hill in September of 2014. She says after completing one interview, Helmendach called her back for a second interview.

HB 2 Affects Everyone with a Paycheck

CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) – It’s been exactly one week since state leaders overturned Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance. The political fallout is only getting worse. HB2 could potentially impact everyone who has a job. Not just the LGBT community.

New NC Law Affects More Than Bathrooms and LGBT Rights

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Lawmakers in Raleigh who supported House Bill 2 are proud they were able to stop Charlotte from implementing a non-discrimination ordinance, commonly called the “bathroom bill.” NC Governor Pat McCrory signed the new bill into law Wednesday night, but that hasn’t stopped the debate. Lawmakers passed the bill in a special session and the Governor signed it all within one day.

McCrory Signs Bill Striking Down Charlotte LGBT Bathroom Ordinance

WSOCTV – The N.C. General Assembly approved a bill that invalidates Charlotte’s new legal protections for LGBT individuals, doing far more than striking down a controversial provision that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law hours later.

Josh Van Kampen Reviews Charlotte’s Updated Non-Discrimination Ordinance

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – What some are calling a victory for Charlotte’s LGBT community, others are calling a threat to public safety. The Charlotte City Council Monday night passed a non-discrimination ordinance that would allow transgender people to choose bathrooms in private businesses that correspond to their gender identity. Now the question is how will the ordinance be enforced, and what does it mean for you?