PayPal pulls out of US state with anti-gay laws
Paypal is cancelling plans to bring 400 jobs to North Carolina after lawmakers passed a law that restricts protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Photo / AP
US online payment giant PayPal dropped plans to invest millions of dollars in North Carolina, joining a growing chorus of protests by major companies against recently passed state legislation targeting transgender people.
PayPal’s move came as another state, Mississippi, signed into law a measure that allows government officials and businesses to deny gay people service if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
The legislation is part of a series of measures that have been labeled anti-gay that are sweeping southern states.
The North Carolina law, known as HB2, prohibits local governments within the state from enacting policies protecting the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community from discrimination at public facilities and restrooms.
It specifically requires that transgender people use the restroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” the company said in a statement.
“As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte,” it said.
PayPal had planned to invest $3.6 million in a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina that would have employed more than 400 people.