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PayPal founder: Companies should evaluate relationship with Indiana

Count PayPal founder Max Levchin as another tech leader and vocal critic of Indiana's "religious freedom law"
By: Michael Hatamoto | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 6:40 pm

Count PayPal founder Max Levchin as another Silicon Valley leader absolutely flabbergasted over the state of Indiana's "religious freedom" law. Supporters of the law say businesses are being given the right to freedom of religion, while critics say it could promote sexual discrimination against the LGBT community.




"I encourage PayPal's new CEO and other CEOs in Silicon Valley to evaluate their relationship with the state of Indiana," said Levchin, speaking to CNBC Squawk on the Street. "If local laws and bills say that it is OK to discriminate, you have to make sure that you are protecting your employees and you keep them safe and comfortable."


Looking ahead, Levchin believes Gov. Pence must publicly clarify the law to help ease fears. "More businesses in America will evaluate their relationship with Indiana and ask the question: How should we feel about this state that does not seem to oppose discrimination strongly and in fact enshrines the right to discriminate in the law?"


A growing number of tech business leaders have blasted the state of Indiana, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and other high-profile executives.


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