We know that a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, identities and perspectives is what makes not only our offices, but also our communities and state better. While many NC businesses are already leading the way on cultivating welcoming and inclusive workplaces, more needs to be done at a federal level to clarify the laws regarding protections against discrimination in the workplace.
That’s why last week, the NC Chamber joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and a number of other business and industry associations, chambers of commerce and allied organizations in urging Congress to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act.
Today, there is a vast and confusing network of anti-discrimination laws and court opinions at both the state and federal level. The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add explicit protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity—creating one uniform federal standard for all.
As the exclusive state affiliate for the NAM in North Carolina, we thank Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the NAM, and his team for their leadership on this issue. You can read the letter in its entirety here.
Gary J. Salamido
Chief Operating Officer and Acting President