NC anti-discrimination law and the economy

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – North Carolina’s new law, House Bill 2, is gaining a lot of opposition from big businesses across the country.

Governor Pat McCrory said the law does not affect companies in North Carolina, and it won’t change the state’s ability to create or recruit jobs.

Many companies are releasing statements of opposition to the law.

American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said in a statement, “Laws that allow such discrimination go against our fundamental belief of equality and are bad for the economies of the states in which they are enacted.”

The airline company has a major hub in Charlotte and is the major airline that serves Pitt-Greenville Airport.

State Representative John Ager (D) said he thinks the law could be detrimental to our state’s economy.

“I believe there will be an impact,” said Rep. Ager. “I think our corporations are farther along in getting discrimination out of their corporate cultures than our state apparently is, and I think that there will be backlash. The NBA looks like they’re seriously considering pulling the All-Star Game out.”

PayPal, which recently announced hiring 400 new employees in Charlotte, offered a similar message.

Biogen employs over one thousand people in North Carolina and also released a statement.

Many companies and professional sports teams, like the Hornets and Hurricanes, are speaking out against the law.

Senator Louis Pate (R) said he doesn’t necessarily think it will affect the economy.

“I have not heard of any cancellations or anything of that nature,” said Senator Pate. “I’ve heard a lot of talk, but I have not heard of any definite cancellations, or companies moving out of North Carolina.”

Advocacy groups said they would look at the possibility of dropping the lawsuit, if the law was changed to protect the LGBT community.

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