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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If you think there are actually skilled people that can't get any sort of job, you are deluding yourself.

And I have no idea what world you live in. My friend works as a customer support manager at barely acceptable salary, with a degree in construction engineering from a prestigious university and 3 years of experience... because his industry crashed and burned that resulted in engineers with 20 years of experience out of a job. If anti-discrimination laws were not in place, he wouldn't be able to find work because of the "no Irish" signs.

Skilled people in an industry that is growing are not in the same situation as skilled people in an industry that has crashed or is in decline.

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