Charlotte, N.C. - Take two people who say they were let go in the prime of their careers. They both filed complaints with the equal employment opportunity commission claiming they were terminated for little or no reason just a few years before hitting retirement age.
"It made me feel like a failure. I'm not a failure. I've been very successful my entire life. It hurts," said Rick Compton.
"I loved where I worked. I loved what I did. Loved the people that I worked with," said Maryanne White.
Rick Compton was a sales executive. According to the complaint, his boss eliminated his position two months before he would have qualified for a pension and retiree medical benefits.
"I was the only one in the business unit that was laid off. I was also the oldest one in the business unit. That's when I realized I was targeted from an age standpoint," said Compton.
Maryanne White worked as a nurse at a major healthcare provider in Charlotte for almost 30 years. White's complaint alleges that she was let go for not completing a new four-question test. A test she claims she was unaware of.
"I certainly never would have intentionally not done something that I could have easily done and jeopardized 28 years of employment," said White.
Both Rick and Maryanne say now their cases have hit a wall in North Carolina courts, a facet of HB2 that has nothing to do with the bathroom.
“We now have to pursue it through federal court which is a lot slower, is more expensive to pursue, and you're not going to have a local judge and presence you would have through the North Carolina system," said Compton.
"I had no idea that there were two additional addendum attached to this bill. The ability to file a suit within the state had changed from a 3 year time limit to 180 days," said White.
Another aspect of house bill two that flew under the radar while bathrooms were in the headlines.
The local employment attorney we spoke with says Rick and Maryanne can't file federal lawsuits until their EEOC investigations are complete. The lawyer says it’s a process that could take anywhere between six months to two years.