PayPal withdraws plans to open new center in Charlotte in response to transgender law

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- PayPal announced Tuesday that it has withdrawn its plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte in response to North Carolina's new transgender law.

Prior to the bill being signed into law, PayPal announced that the company would open a new center in Charlotte, bringing 400 jobs to the area.

PayPal President Dan Schulman said the new law, "... invalidates protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and denies these members of our community equal rights under the law."

He added that the new law violates the values and principles that are at the core of the company's mission.

Schulman said he regrets that the company will not be able to be part of the Charlotte community.

"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," he said.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper responded to PayPal's announcement saying, in part:

“The threat that HB 2 poses to jobs and our economy is no longer a possibility, it's a reality. Everyday working families are suffering from this law.

"These are new, better paying jobs North Carolina won't get because Governor McCrory has put his political ideology above all else. It's time to reverse course and take actions to undo the damage."

He concluded by calling for Gov. Pat McCrory to repeal the law.

McCrory responded to PayPal's decision following a news conference on education at Ragsdale High School.

"I respect disagreement, but even at school, I used to attend here at Ragsdale, locker rooms were separate [for] boys and girls," he said.

Patsy Keever, chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, released the following statement:

“At a time when families across North Carolina are struggling, the discriminatory law that Gov. McCrory rushed to sign continues to cost our state jobs. Today, Pay Pal announced it has withdrawn its plans to expand in North Carolina costing our state 400 jobs with an average salary of $51,000 per year. With more companies announcing every day that they oppose HB2, it is past time for Gov. McCrory to repeal his discrimination bill. It’s bad for business and it’s bad for North Carolina.”

McCrory signed the bill, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, two weeks ago after it was passed by the North Carolina Senate.

The law was in response to Charlotte's nondiscrimination ordinance that allowed transgender individuals to use public bathrooms of the sex with which they identify.

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