In response to North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” – House Bill 2 – PayPal has just canceled their plans to bring 400 jobs to the state.
Just a couple weeks prior to the passage of North Carolina’s bathroom bill, it was announced that PayPal would be bringing about 400 jobs to the state. But following the bill’s passage, they’ve reversed their decision.
North Carolina’s bathroom bill has drawn the ire of politicians around the country, including mayors and governors. In addition, organizations and businesses have threatened to relocate and otherwise disassociate with the state – and other states which have enacted similar legislation – because these entities view H.B. 2 as discriminatory against those in the LGBT community.
PayPal said in a statement Tuesday:
“Two weeks ago, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ over 400 people in skilled jobs. In the short time since then, legislation has been abruptly enacted by the State of North Carolina that invalidates protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and denies these members of our community equal rights under the law. The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”
The state’s transgender bathroom bill overturned a Charlotte ordinance which would have allowed people to use gender-specific facilities in accordance with their “gender identity.” H.B. 2 also prohibits cities and counties in the state from enacting ordinances not in accordance with the state law.
Critics of the bill claim that not only is it discriminatory against the LGBT community, it also was enacted based on unfounded fears about predators using the law as an excuse to harass or molest people of the opposite sex in bathrooms and locker rooms.
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