This is another one that will ultimately be decided by the courts . . . On the one hand, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly and decisively to safeguard the state’s economy from a patchwork of localized minimum wage mandates and employment dictates.  On the other hand, the fact that they also overturned a Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance regarding lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered individuals (LGBT) has caused a serious backlash that is reverberating throughout much of the country.  We won’t get into the weeds on the issue other than to state that the Charlotte ordinance allowed LGBT individuals to use the restroom facility for the sex with which they identify.  The new state law requires all individuals to use the restroom that coincides with their birth certificate sexual identity and prohibits local communities from allowing anything to the contrary. The new state law also prohibits any city or town from setting local minimum wages or other employment conditions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the state law on constitutional grounds and NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, whose job it is to defend the actions of the state, has said the law is unconstitutional and therefore, his office will not defend it.  The prohibition on local minimum wages, hourly mandates, sick leave or other conditions of employment is unfortunately inexorably tied with this political and legal hot potato.  Only time – and court decisions – will determine its validity.