Massachusetts Businesses Say: Discrimination Hurts Our Bottom Line
- Policies protecting transgender people allow Massachusetts businesses to retain and attract top talent, improving the state’s economy.
- Inclusive policies make Massachusetts a more desired destination for travel and vacation, bolstering the state’s critical tourism industry.
- When businesses and other public spaces are welcoming of all, personal consumption increases, as people feel more comfortable buying more goods and services.
- North Carolina is a cautionary tale: Repealing Massachusetts’ non-discrimination laws could cost our economy billions in lost revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The Massachusetts Businesses for Freedom Coalition
Discrimination isn’t just wrong—it’s bad for business too. That’s why Harvard Pilgrim, Google and Eastern Bank all strongly oppose the misguided effort to repeal Massachusetts’ non-discrimination laws protecting our transgender friends, family and neighbors from discrimination. They understand that when communities are welcoming places for everyone to live, work and raise families, they succeed as well.
It’s not just Harvard Pilgrim, Google and Eastern Bank that make fairness and equality for all a priority. In fact, businesses are usually on the leading edge of efforts to secure protections for LGBT people. So it’s no surprise that nearly 70 percent of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies have nondiscrimination policies in place that explicitly cover gender identity, according to the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.