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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You are trying to legislate feelings people have whether they be right or wrong. If an employer doesn't hire a gay person, can you really look into their heart and determine why? Its like a law banning disliking Unions.

You must be suffering from some kind of comprehension disease. This law would only make it illegal to fire a person based on a certain attribute. We already have laws that ban certain actions based on religion, ethnicity and race. No law is going to force anyone like gays, blacks or christians. There are laws that make sure that you think twice before using religion and race as an argument why you should fire, not hire or refuse service to a certain person.

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