Target: Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal
Goal: Praise PayPal’s refusal to do business in North Carolina due to recent anti-LGBT rights laws.
PayPal has cancelled its plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina in response to the state’s recent anti-LGBT law. The law strikes down all existing LGBT nondiscrimination statutes across the state, on top of banning transgender people from using some public restrooms. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman stated that “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. Our decision is a clear and unambiguous one.”
PayPal is just one of many businesses that have condemned the state’s new legislation. Over 90 businesses have signed an open letter urging North Carolina to repeal the new law. Some of the signatories include the CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Airbnb and more. Paypal, however, isn’t just talking. By canceling the global operations center in Charlotte, PayPal is shutting down the creation of 400 jobs in North Carolina.
We hope that North Carolina’s government will repeal its law by realizing its inhumanity. However, actions taken by businesses like PayPal will show North Carolina that anti-LGBT laws will also damage the economy. The open letter that was signed by the CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies stated that “The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development.” PayPal has taken a stand against North Carolina’s discriminatory law. Sign the letter below to applaud its efforts and encourage other businesses to take a stand.
Dear Dan Schulman,
I hope that your cancellation of a PayPal global operations center in North Carolina will inspire other companies to halt any plans they have to expand their businesses into the state. A recently enacted anti-LBGT law has threatened the human rights of thousands of the state’s citizens.
The new law strips North Carolina workers of the ability to sue under a state anti-discrimination law, a right that has been upheld in court since 1985. This means that those fired because of race, religion, or gender will have no legal recourse.
The law is rooted in hatred, and is a clear sign that North Carolina’s government does not want to see progress toward equal rights for all humans. I admire your company’s actions of standing up for human rights by halting your business with North Carolina because of its hateful discriminatory laws. I hope other major companies will see the action that you have taken and follow in your footsteps.
[Your Name Here]
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