Tech Giant Red Hat Attacks NC's RFRA
By Jen Jones on 04/15/2015 @ 11:00 AM
With two so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (or RFRA) bills -- Senate Bill 550 and House Bill 348 -- still being considered in North Carolina, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has issued a statement attacking what he calls "divisive legislation." The bills could allow North Carolina businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.
"Red Hat has always believed in diversity, inclusion, and equality of voices - not only for our associates, but also our partners, customers, the broader technology industry, and the communities where we live and work," Whitehurst said.
"Our business is deeply rooted in the principles of collaboration and inclusion, where people from diverse backgrounds and experiences come together to share ideas, challenge the status quo, and spur innovation. We've seen first hand the impact of this collaboration among diverse groups of people. We cannot see any economic benefit from divisive legislation, and would prefer to see more attention given to issues that would have a demonstrable positive impact on all citizens."
The tech giant's (NYSE: RHT) headquarters are based in Raleigh, and the company is widely recognized for its diversity practices in hiring, recruiting and benefits.