At Room & Board we believe in equality for all. That is why we are disappointed by the passage of HB2 in the North Carolina General Assembly. The HB2 law sets a statewide definition of classes of people who are protected against discrimination and it does not include sexual orientation or gender identity. Today we issued the following statement:
“HB2 is contrary to Room & Board’s principles and values. The law will negatively impact the home furnishings industry, which is a significant contributor to the state’s economy. Of even greater concern, the law is demeaning and discriminatory to individuals of the LGBT community.
Room & Board partners with more than 50 US-based companies in 20 different states. This includes several North Carolina-based manufacturers who employ thousands of employees. Room & Board operates a 148,000-square-foot distribution center in Lincolnton. Its nine staff members manage more than $100 million in product annually. The company is also a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, the North Carolina-based non-profit industry association committed to promoting sustainable practices within the home furnishings industry.
As a retailer focused on helping customers create homes they love, we have long supported efforts dedicated to strengthening home and family. We take pride in providing a balanced and positive work environment that is based on trust, fairness and respect. This core philosophy shapes the relationships we have with our customers, vendor partners and staff members.
Please join us in recognizing the strength of inclusion. We urge Governor McCrory and North Carolina state legislators to repeal the law.”
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