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Inclusion and Diversity

In the majority of states, there are no clear state laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Over the past two years, there have been hundreds of bills and ballot initiatives proposed that would eliminate non-discrimination protections or that explicitly authorize discrimination by individuals, businesses, and state and local agencies.  These policies have already had a devastating impact on the ability to attract the best talent and investment in states such as North Carolina and Indiana.  Last year, TechNet established the Inclusion and Diversity Working Group in response to these efforts.

We oppose any legislation, by any name, that would legalize discrimination on any basis, including nationality, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and that would therefore impact workforce recruitment efforts, complicate human resources administration, and undermine the technology community’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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