PayPal has sent North Carolina one straight forward message that they don’t discriminate in its workplace. If PayPal goes forward with their North Carolina expansion, then their workplace will not be conducive with their policy on discrimination and they can’t have this.
Since North Carolina passed a law stating that transgender or not, you need to use the public restroom that coincides with your gender at birth, many businesses are up in arms. But PayPal is actually doing something about it, the online giant is pulling out of their plans.
According to News Max on April 5, PayPal will not go ahead with their expansion in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. This move would have brought 400 jobs along with it when they opened an operations center. PayPal president and CEO Dan Schulman released a statement today saying that the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act “denies the company’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees their equal rights.” This is not something that the folks of PayPal can support.
News Oxy reports that “last week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, which prevents cities from protecting gay and bisexual people from discrimination, and specifically restricts transgender individuals’ rights to use restrooms and other facilities that don’t match their “biological sex.”
PayPal has supported LGBT rights long before the North Carolina act came about, this is nothing new for this company. They are one of a handful of companies that earned a ranking of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index. This is a report that covers corporate policies related to LGBT workplace equality nationally.
Schulman left no wiggle room in his statement, there are no if, ands or buts about it, as he is refusing to go on with the plans of an operations center in that state. This center was a go up until the North Carolina state government passed that act on March 23. He does however regret that “we will not have the opportunity to be part of the Charlotte community and to count as colleagues the skilled and talented people of the region.”
Schulman also said in the statement: “As a company that is committed to the principle that everyone deserves to live without fear of discrimination simply for being who they are, becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable.”
While PayPal is one of more than a hundred companies to protest this new law, PayPal was the first to actually pull out of a deal because the law doesn’t coincide with his company’s policies. Who knows, someone has to go first, maybe PayPal will start the ball rolling. If enough businesses decide to take some type of action then this might lead to the revoking of the bill!
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