IBM Tells State Leaders to Stop NC's RFRA
By Jen Jones on 04/17/2015 @ 08:00 PM
With two so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (or RFRA) bills -- Senate Bill 550 and House Bill 348 -- still being considered in North Carolina, IBM's top North Carolina executive is the latest business behemoth to tell state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that the corporation strongly opposes the proposed legislation.
IBM, which employs thousands at its Research Triangle Park campus and more statewide, opposes the so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (or RFRA) because it would promote discrimination, executive Robert Greenberg said in a letter to Gov. McCrory posted on the company's website.
"IBM is opposed to discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. We urge you to work with the Legislature to ensure that any legislation in this area is not discriminatory," Greenberg wrote.
Equality NC's Chris Sgro immediately applauded the move by the tech giant, which joins over hundreds of companies that have opposed these discriminatory laws.
"We applaud IBM's decision to speak out in opposition to so-called 'religious freedoms' legislation in North Carolina," said Sgro. "The proposed legislation is detrimental to the citizens of the Old North State, as well as to our ability to attract and retain the best and brightest employees and businesses. It is no surprise to see the backlash across the nation from companies like IBM, Apple, American Airlines, and others against these bad-for-business legislation. We hope that Governor McCrory will continue to oppose RFRA measures and veto anything that comes across his desk along these lines. We know that from the tech hub in the Triangle, to financial services in Charlotte, to tourism at the coast and mountains and everywhere in between, the business voice here will oppose such measures."