It’s true. Alabama Republicans sure love themselves some onerous business regulations. Legislators have tried using new laws to: shut down women’s clinics, restrict private property rights, and force employers to pay employees who won’t work. State Senator Phil Williams’ latest shot in the Alabama GOP’s “war on business” is a requirement for “bathroom attendants.”
Writing in an op/ed for AL.com, Williams explains how his bill addresses the swirling controversy of transgender people in public bathrooms:
If North Carolina’s law is struck down then my legislation will become a backstop to say that if any person or entity provides public restrooms, bathrooms, or changing facilities then they will do so in one of three ways: a single user facility; facilities separated by the physical gender of the users; or, if facilities are provided in a unisex/transgender manner, an attendant for each facility must be onsite to address any concerns or questions of the general public. Failure to do so would result in civil penalties and provide a private right of action in court for those individuals who have been harmed or aggrieved.
Using a “never let a fake crisis go to waste” strategy, Williams is ready to flush out those businesses who don’t agree with his political beliefs and force them to hire new employees and create new opportunities for lawsuits.
The state’s beleaguered industrial recruitment people must be thrilled.
As GOP jobs programs go, this is a twofer: lawyers and bathroom monitors. The losers will be, as always, the state’s image and citizens – particularly vulnerable transgender people.