CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory said it's up to individual companies to decide how to deal with a new law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms that conform to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
The governor made the comments Tuesday at a high school in Jamestown, where he was already scheduled to talk about education initiatives. His remarks came within hours of the decision by PayPal to withdraw its commitment to Charlotte, where it planned to expand and create 400 jobs in North Carolina's largest city.
McCrory said he expects PayPal to continue providing services in North Carolina.
After taking several questions on the topic, McCrory ended the question-and-answer session and went into the school's administrative office, avoiding reporters who waited in front of the school to ask additional questions.
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PayPal is pulling the plug on hundreds of new jobs for North Carolina because of the state's new transgender law.
The online payment service had announced two weeks ago that a new operations center in Charlotte would employ over 400 people. Since then, state lawmakers passed House Bill 2, rolling back Charlotte's anti-discrimination ordinance.
Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, says the new law "perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture."
While many companies have condemned the new law, it appears that PayPal is the first to pull jobs out of the state because of it.
PayPal Withdraws Plan for Charlotte Expansion
Dan Schulman | April 5, 2016
Two weeks ago, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ over 400 people in skilled jobs. In the short time since then, legislation has been abruptly enacted by the State of North Carolina that invalidates protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and denies these members of our community equal rights under the law.
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.
While we will seek an alternative location for our operations center, we remain committed to working with the LGBT community in North Carolina to overturn this discriminatory legislation, alongside all those who are committed to equality.
We will stand firm in our commitment to equality and inclusion and our conviction that we can make a difference by living and acting on our values. It's the right thing to do for our employees, our customers, and our communities.
Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal