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…. Read more