In an open letter released last month, Starbucks reiterated its opposition to a controversial North Carolina law and encouraged guests and employees to use the bathroom of their choice.

House Bill 2, approved in March during a one-day special session, blocks cities from enacting LGBT protections and prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms associated with the sex they identify with.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was among the more than 200 CEOs and business leaders who signed onto a letter calling for the law's repeal.

In an open letter to Starbucks employees, Lucy Helm, who chairs the Starbucks Inclusion Council, reiterated the company's commitment to LGBT equality.

“Across the U.S., we are witnessing the introduction of local and state legislation condoning discriminatory treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons,” Helm wrote. “As partners, we share the same concerns about the impact this legislation has on the lives of our fellow partners and our customers.”

“Consistent with our Mission and Values, and our long-standing policies and principles, Starbucks opposes any legislation or other similar policy initiatives at the municipal, state or national level that would have a discriminatory impact. This includes recent legislation that discriminates against the LGBT community, as stated in a recent letter released by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina and signed by numerous CEOs, including Howard Schultz. In our stores, we continue to welcome partners and customers to use Starbucks facilities that correspond to their gender identity. In addition, we are looking into opportunities to have more gender-neutral signage in our restrooms,” she added.