Paypal Withdraws Plans to Open New Global Operations Center in North Carolina Because of HB2

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2016 • 10:12 am

This morning, April 5, Paypal, a global company dedicated to facilitating online payments, announced that it is withdrawing plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte. The reason for their plans to withdraw? North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which was ramrodded through the North Carolina General Assembly on March 23, with just 12 hours from introduction to Governor Pat McCrory’s signature. The law knocks down municipalities’ ability to enact local ordinances protecting LGBT North Carolinians from discrimination and then codifies anti-transgender policies into state law and has seen enormous blowback over the past few weeks. See just some of the businesses that have condemned HB2 here.


Paypal announced today (read the full statement here):

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.


This decision reflects PayPal’s deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect. These principles of fairness, inclusion and equality are at the heart of everything we seek to achieve and stand for as a company. And they compel us to take action to oppose discrimination.


Our decision is a clear and unambiguous one. But we do regret that we will not have the opportunity to be a part of the Charlotte community and to count as colleagues the skilled and talented people of the region. 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.

Just two weeks ago, Paypal announced the massive expansion in Charlotte alongside Governor McCrory, who said in a press conference, “North Carolina is on fire in creating jobs, and Charlotte is leading the way.” Just days later, Governor McCrory signed into law a bill that actually unambiguously and forcefully jeopardized jobs – 400 of them.
Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said today:

“PayPal’s withdrawal from North Carolina is indisputable evidence that discriminatory laws like HB 2 have significant and immediate consequences on a state’s economy and brand. Governor Pat McCrory and other legislative leaders in the state have implied that, despite the immense backlash that began immediately after they rushed this discriminatory bill through the legislature, there would be no economic fallout. That claim is clearly false, and now we know that North Carolina will lose at least $4 million in economic investment and miss out on more than 400 new jobs because of this law.”

[fbcomments url=""]