American Airlines, Apple, NBA denounce NC law ending LGBT protections

Mar 29, 2016

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From American Airlines to Lowe’s, and from Apple to Google, big companies are pushing back against North Carolina’s new law invalidating Charlotte’s protections for LGBT individuals.

Sports organizations also said they’re weighing the new legislation, signed Wednesday by Gov. Pat McCrory, as they schedule events in the state.

The NBA, which is set to host its All-Star Game in Charlotte next year, said it is “deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect.” The league said it doesn’t yet know what impact the law will have on its “ability to successfully host” the event.

The NCAA, which has men’s basketball tournament games planned in North Carolina in 2017 and 2018, said it is monitoring the situation. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and said Friday it is also monitoring the situation.

And cable network ESPN, which has been considering Charlotte Motor Speedway among possible sites for its summer X Games, said it embracesdiversity and inclusion and will evaluate all of our options” as it seeks the next site for the extreme-sports event.

At a time when North Carolina is trying to recruit companies to expand and grow, some business leaders said the new measure will jeopardize employee recruitment and economic development.

“We believe no individual should be discriminated against because of gender identity or sexual orientation,” said Katie Cody, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, which has its second-biggest hub in Charlotte. “Laws that allow such discrimination go against our fundamental belief of equality and are bad for the economies of the states in which they are enacted.”

Facebook, which has a data center in Forest City, also chimed in.

“We are disappointed by the recent events in North Carolina,” spokesman Andy Stone said, in a statement. “As a company, Facebook is an open and vocal supporter of equality. We believe in ensuring the rights of LGBT individuals and oppose efforts that discriminate against people on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

The impetus of Wednesday’s special session was a provision in Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that would allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify. Critics of the Charlotte measure said it was “social engineering” to allow people born as biological males to enter women’s restrooms.

The new law prohibits any such bathroom flexibility, but it also will keep Charlotte and any other municipality from adding new protections for gays, lesbians or transgender individuals.


Source: The Charlotte Observer

2 comments on “American Airlines, Apple, NBA denounce NC law ending LGBT protections

  • @OP – From American Airlines to Lowe’s, and from Apple to Google, big companies are pushing back against North Carolina’s new law invalidating Charlotte’s protections for LGBT individuals.

    Quite apart from the basic moral issue of passing legislation to allow bigots to victimise sections of the community, it is potentially disruptive to equal opportunity businesses, to have discrimination against their employees and customers.

    Sports organizations also said they’re weighing the new legislation, signed Wednesday by Gov. Pat McCrory, as they schedule events in the state.

    It is certainly against the codes of “sportsmanship”, to have some participants in sporting activities, picked out for discriminatory refusal of normal services by service industries.
    I very much doubt, that visiting team selectors, would accept bigotry as a basis for their team selections, when booking facilities!

    Of course we can expect bigots to play the religious martyr card, as soon as some “Christian” hot-dog salesman, is kicked out of a stadium for refusing to serve LGBT team members or supporters!



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  • At a time when North Carolina is trying to recruit companies to expand and grow, some business leaders said the new measure will jeopardize employee recruitment and economic development.

    However, where religious delusion dominates, no compromises or rights are recognised!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35962239

    Air France is willing to let female crew members opt out of flying a new route to Tehran after they were asked to wear a headscarf on their arrival.

    The airline will restart its flights to the Iranian capital on 17 April.

    Management last week circulated a note asking female staff to wear trousers on the route and put on a headscarf when they left the plane.

    Union officials said some staff members were concerned about the ruling and had asked Air France bosses to relax it.

    Ahead of a meeting with a number of unions on Monday afternoon, Gilles Gateau, Air France’s human resources director, told the Europe 1 channel he was willing to offer a compromise.

    “We’re going to present them with an opt-out clause for any female employee affected on the Paris-Tehran route,” he said. “If, for personal reasons, they don’t want to wear the headscarf when they leave the plane, they would be reassigned to another destination.”

    Mr Gateau said the company “had heard from a number of women, be they air hostesses or pilots, who said following this rule would be a problem for them”.

    Flore Arrighi, of the cabin crew union Unac, said before the meeting it was crucial that staff who opted out of flying to Tehran were not sanctioned by Air France.

    Over the weekend, the company pointed out that the rule had also applied on its routes to Saudi Arabia which, like Iran, expects women to wear the headscarf in public.



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