PayPal Pulls 400 CLT Jobs to Oppose Discrimination

Company making statement on HB2

CHARLOTTE, NC — PayPal is the first company to say it won’t bring jobs to Charlotte because of the battle over LGBT protections.

City leaders are questioning whether that could move other businesses to follow their lead. PayPal planned to bring its operations center to the city.

That would mean 400 jobs paying average salaries of $51,000 a year.

Just two weeks ago, Governor Pat McCrory praised PayPal for bringing business to Charlotte.

Tuesday, he revealed a different side, calling PayPal hypocritical.

“I anticipate PayPal will still provide their services and accept our consumer money in the state of North Carolina as they also accept consumer money in nations throughout the world that, frankly, have disagreements with some of the polities that they’re disagreeing with in North Carolina,” said Gov. McCrory.

PayPal’s GEO Dan Schulman explained the company’s 360, saying it was compelled “…to take action to oppose discrimination.” since legislators abruptly passed a new law that, in part, removes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender from list of people protected against discrimination.
Schulman went on to say, “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.”

“This is a real impact on Charlotte families and North Carolina families,” said Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

Roberts is concerned it will be the first of many businesses that could break ties.

“I am just urging our legislators to find some kind of legislative remedy,” said Mayor Roberts.

More than 100 companies from American Airlines, Apple, to Lowe’s have already voiced concerns about House Bill Two.

UNC Charlotte Political Science Professor Dr. Eric Heberlig says it’s now more likely other businesses will follow PayPal’s lead.

“If you do get a series of other companies that make this decision, we have kind of a Chinese water torture for the state of daily companies pulling out,” said Dr. Heberlig.