Dozens of Businesses Speak Out Against Discriminatory HB2 in North CarolinaBy Adam Polaski • March 25, 2016 • 9:01 am
Despite having no time to prepare or anticipate the extreme, overreaching scope of the legislation that would be passed through Wednesday’s unprecedented special legislative session in North Carolina, business leaders across the country are quickly moving to condemn state lawmakers for their harmful actions. As advocates throughout the state rally, calling for repeal of the anti-LGBT law, businesses are saying their piece about why the law is bad for business and bad for North Carolina.
The bill, HB2, has two egregious components: the first is a ‘Gender Inspection’ clause, which bars transgender people in North Carolina from using the bathroom in public schools and government buildings that matches the gender they live as every day. Instead, transgender residents and visitors are required to use the bathroom that matches the sex on their birth certificate. This conflicts with Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, and could cost North Carolina at least $4.5 billion in federal funds. The second component of the bill voids Charlotte’s recent LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, and seeks to prevent other local municipalities from passing similar measures. It explicitly prohibits municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to classes beyond those currently covered under state law. LGBT North Carolinians enjoy zero nondiscrimination protections under current state law.
Here’s a roundup of many of the businesses speaking out fervently against HB2:
— Indra Nooyi (@IndraNooyi) April 1, 2016
— Freedom for All USA (@freedom4allusa) March 31, 2016
NBA Statement Regarding Legislation Recently Signed Into Law In North Carolina pic.twitter.com/xwoOo9MyeR
— NBA (@NBA) March 24, 2016
BofA is steadfast in our commitment to nondiscrimination and to our LGBT employees. pic.twitter.com/CPm71JHUS3
— Cathy Bessant (@CathyBessant) March 24, 2016
IBM is disappointed by passage of #HB2 in N.C. since it reduces, rather than expands, scope of anti-discrimination protections in the state
— IBMPolicy (@IBMpolicy) March 24, 2016
Inclusion is one of our core values and we are proud to champion LGBTQ equality in N. Carolina and around the world: https://t.co/40yYLCrqO1
— PayPal (@PayPal) March 24, 2016
— Citrix (@citrix) March 24, 2016
We have zero tolerance for discrimination. We say NO to #NCGA. We continue to support all of our employees & remain on the side of equality.
— Bayer US (@BayerUS) March 24, 2016
— Duke University (@DukeU) March 24, 2016