Someone should be keeping track of how much money the state of Indiana is losing in order to allow discrimination to exist within its borders. One very interesting thing coming out of the passage of SB 101 is that we are learning how many companies are headquartered in Indiana. The NCAA was one and now Angie's List.
Since the year after its 1995 founding, Angie's List has been headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The $315 million corporation which lets users review local businesses, especially home improvement professionals, has been planning a $40 million renovation of its own, moving its headquarters across town and adding 1000 new jobs over five years. – TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com
Angie's List Chief Executive Bill Oesterle stated "we are putting the 'Ford Building Project' on hold until we fully understand the implications of the Freedom Restoration Act on our employees, both current and future." The project was set to break ground within days, converting an old Ford factory into office space for 1000 new employees.
Will Angie's List cancel or move on with the expansion? It's on hold for now. With a company like Angie's List that rates local businesses, is there something they could do to help the fight? Should they move forward with the expansion and be a voice of reason? Rate supportive companies and discriminatory ones? Remember the days of walking along downtown streets and seeing a rainbow sticker in a storefront window and getting excited? It made you happy as well as happy to give them your business over the next store that didn't have a sticker. We might just be going back to that, but in addition to the stickers, maybe Angie's List could rate business based on their RFRA practices.
This RFRA Law will not go away quickly. We may be in for a long fight and they could be a great asset to the fight and our community.