Legislation regarding the “bathroom bills” being presented in state government is a hot topic of debate, particularly in Texas today. The pending Senate bill being discussed today would essentially refuse people to use restrooms matching their gender identities, and if the House has anything to say about it, this limitation would be only focused in schools. However, larger corporations including Microsoft have expressed that they feel the law has no place in Texas government or anywhere for that matter (via ArsTechnica.)
“Discrimination is wrong,” a letter from twelve major corporations wrote to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The letter dated May 27 was signed by big names, including the chief executive officers of Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Apple, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, and other businesses that house within the state. Even Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, was in the undersigned against the “bathroom bill”.
Not only does the law discriminate, but it’s bad for business according to the letter.
“As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families. Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected.”
The power play could almost seem like a threat, even though it isn’t stated that way. When North Carolina made their decision in favor for the restroom restrictions, even Paypal felt best to move their business. But if the above letter from tech giants wasn’t intimidating enough, the NFL could hold the Super Bowl and other events hostage. At least, it would “be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events” according to league spokesman Brian McCarthy.
Currently, the bill is in a deadlock and is near to reaching the deadline as of today. However, that might not stop the governor from calling a special session afterward in regards to its legislation. For now, Microsoft and friends wait for a decision on the matter.Further reading: Law, legislation, Microsoft