PayPal Abruptly Cancels North Carolina Expansion Plans Over Discrimination Law

PayPal announced it was canceling its planned expansion in Charlotte after North Carolina lawmakers passed a law that restricts protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Gov. Pat McCrory had been on hand to celebrate PayPal’s expansion plans on March 23 which would have brought about 400 jobs to a new operation center in Charlotte.

PayPal’s abrupt pullout is the biggest tangible economic backlash to the state law which has been condemned by more than 100 corporate leaders. Businesses say the law makes it more difficult to attract talent to North Carolina.

“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,” the company said in a statement.

ABC News adds:

Spokesmen for McCrory and legislative leaders did not immediately comment.

The legislation marked the first state law in the nation limiting the bathroom options for transgender people, requiring them to use those conforming to the sex on their birth certificates. The law also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections, and blocks municipalities from adopting their own anti-discrimination and living wage rules.

New Jersey-based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals said last week the legislation was causing it to reevaluating whether to build a $20 million manufacturing and research facility in Durham County. The 50 new jobs paying an average of nearly $76,000 a year were announced two weeks ago.

Lionsgate, the California-based entertainment company, shifted a planned shoot for the pilot episode for a comedy series to Canada. Charlotte convention officials and the organizers of one of the world’s largest furniture markets say some customers have pulled out, also citing the new law.