IBM boycotts North Carolina anti-gay bill

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The company declares that the bill will reduce, rather than expand, the scope of anti-discrimination protection in the state. IBM has joined the growing list of companies blasting North Carolina for passing a law repealing LGBT anti-discrimination protections. Last week Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, which prevents local municipalities from enacting LGBT non-discrimination laws and blocks transgender people from using the restrooms that match their gender identities.

In its statement, released late last week, the company maintained the new regulation will increase discrimination. ‘We are disappointed by the passage of HB2 in the North Carolina General Assembly because this measure will reduce, rather than expand, the scope of anti-discrimination protection in the state,’ the company argued. ‘IBM will continue to follow its global non-discrimination policies in the workplace, and believes that an inclusive and welcoming environment is the best way to attract talented individuals to our company.’ The microchip maker has a large presence in the Tar Heel State, from its 72,000 square-foot campus in the Raleigh-Durham’s Research Park Triangle to $3.4 billion (€3) yearly added to North Carolina’s economy.

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