On February 22, 2016, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed a local ordinance that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in public accommodations. A month later, on March 23, the North Carolina Senate struck down this ordinance by passing House Bill 2, which eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and legislated that in government buildings, individuals could only use the bathroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificate.
Outrage and boycotts soon followed the passing of the unpopular bill. PayPal cancelled plans to create 400 jobs in the state, taking $20 million in annual wages with them. Deutsche Bank joined them and cancelled planned expansion in the state, taking another 250 jobs.