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

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: Meh
by JAlexoid on Wed 6th Nov 2013 14:12 UTC in reply to "Meh"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

Do you have to mark a checkbox about your sexual orientation when applying for a job in the US?

No, but you have to supply your spouse's details if you happen to live in a state that allows same-sex marriage.
Or you are invited to company social events that included partners in the invitation and the fact that your significant other happens to be of the same sex "leaks out".(But it seems that you have never been invited to company social events.)

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