Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Nov 2013 17:14 UTC

Tim Cook, in a letter published in The Wall Street Journal:

Apple's antidiscrimination policy goes beyond the legal protections U.S. workers currently enjoy under federal law, most notably because we prohibit discrimination against Apple's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. A bill now before the U.S. Senate would update those employment laws, at long last, to protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We urge senators to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and we challenge the House of Representatives to bring it to the floor for a vote.

It's hard to imagine for someone like me, from The Netherlands, but in the US, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have, in most states, far fewer rights than straight, non-transgender people. The LGBT community in the US still has a long fight ahead of itself, and large companies like Apple publicly urging Congress to address the archaic position of the LGBT community can only be seen as a good thing.

Most technology companies support the LGBT community's fight for equality, and considering the importance of this industry, that's a blessing.

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RE[2]: You've missed a key point
by amadensor on Mon 4th Nov 2013 22:52 UTC in reply to "RE: You've missed a key point"
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The part that many people miss here is that US laws are poorly written and enacted in a way that is counter productive. It is often the case that a less qualified person must be chosen because they are part of a protected class. If the law could be done in a way that would prevent discrimination while allowing the choice of the most qualified candidate regardless of whether or not the candidate is part of a protected class, that would be great. They haven't managed to do that yet.

Edited because my typing stinks.

Edited 2013-11-04 22:53 UTC

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