In the majority of states, there are no clear state laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Over the past few 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.
We oppose any legislation, by any name, that would legalize discrimination on any basis, including nationality, race, religion, age, disability, 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.
TechNet recognizes the valuable contributions immigrants make to our economy and country as a whole. For example, immigrant entrepreneurs have started more than half (44 of 87) of America’s startup companies valued at $1 billion or more. We oppose state policies that unfairly target immigrant communities and support action at the federal level to reform our high-skilled immigration system to curb abuses and ensure that more green cards and visas are available to help fuel innovation at our research institutions and universities, and address the high-skilled labor shortage facing the U.S. economy. We also support a permanent federal legislative solution for the “Dreamers.”