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National commentators on McCrory’s troubled job search: Ex-Guv still doesn’t get it

Ruth McCambridge, editor-in-chief of the national publication Nonprofit Quarterly, has a powerful new essay this morning on Pat McCrory’s troubled search for employment in the aftermath of having shepherded one the of the nation’s most infamous discrimination laws into being. This is from “Bigotry as Career-killer: McCrory ‘Suffering Consequences’ from HB2 Fallout”:

“’If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender…you’re the worst of evil,’ McCrory said. ‘It’s almost as if I broke a law.’

Maybe not a law, but certainly an emerging standard that can seriously affect the bottom line.

McCrory blames the Human Rights Campaign for his defeat in his campaign for reelection, calling the group ‘more powerful than the NRA.’ This is only one of a number of statements the former governor made that we sincerely hope are true….

‘What businesses have found—well ahead of lawmakers and the courts—is that being an LGBT-inclusive employer is crucial when it comes to attracting and retaining talent and when it comes to appealing to the ever-growing lucrative LGBT consumer market,’ said Deena Fidas, Director of the Workplace Equality Program at HRC. ‘It’s just part of doing business.’…

Over the past five years, businesses and governments all over the United States have felt the very real financial consequences of discriminating against LGBT persons. McCrory’s former gig does not speak well to his understanding of this very serious new environment. North Carolina has lost up to $201 million in tourism and tax revenue. He is a poster child for exclusion, and that is indeed likely to limit him in his future career if we continue to grow increasingly inclusive as a society.

McCambridge also borrows from a fine piece in Salon by Nico Lang, entitled “Anti-LGBT bigotry isn’t just bad for business. It’s also bad for your career.” Here’s Lang:

“The reason that no one wants to hire McCrory, though, has nothing to do with the tyranny of left-wing ideologues. Businesses who have spent the past few decades making a name for themselves as leaders in corporate equality are unlikely to jeopardize their reputation by hiring someone whose public record is opposed to fostering an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion. If the economic fallout over HB 2 was proof positive that anti-LGBT discrimination is bad for business, McCrory is finding out the hard way that bigotry is also bad for your career….

Having employees — especially at the leadership level — who are vocally opposed to LGBT rights is increasingly seen as a liability to corporations that want to do business in the 21st century. That’s why companies like Walmart, Papa John’s, and Ford Motor Company have fired anti-gay employees following virulently homophobic outbursts….

If you’re applying for a job and you see Pat McCrory’s name on the leadership board, it isn’t just a sign that you may not advance at the company. You might be concerned about getting fired for being out in the workplace, if you get hired at all….

States across the U.S. are finding out the hard way that discriminating against LGBT people has very real costs. After passing HB 2 nearly a year ago, North Carolina has lost up to $201 million in tourism and tax revenue, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. Similar legislation currently being debated in Texas, which would force transgender people to use public bathrooms that do not correspond with their gender identity, could result in an $8.5 billion hit for the Lone Star State. The Texas Association of Business estimated that the state would lose  185,000 jobs, as well as Texas’ ability to ‘attract, recruit, and retain top talent.’

But if Mr. McCrory can’t find a job, he should be comforted in the fact that he’s not alone. Should more states and private employers follow his lead, he’ll be on the unemployment line with hundreds of LGBT employees and other workers harmed by those policies. Hate might not look great on his CV, but it’s better than being targeted by bigots.”

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