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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The free market does not implicitly assume anything. A free market is just people offering to pay you a sum of money for your services. There is no moral judgement in the process. the reasons WHY people are willing to pay you money or whether they want you to work for them at all is irrelevant. The free market makes NO assumptions on people's motives.

The point is, however, that there are, as we know, many business that ARE willing to hire gay people. If XYZ bad company doesn't want to employ you, you have options. That is the essence of the free market.

Like I've said before, unemployment is lower among the openly gay and wages are higher too. Clearly gay people are being hired by somebody.

The free market has worked. Are there employers who discriminate? Indeed there are, and YOU SHOULD NOT WANT TO WORK FOR THEM. Let them make their mistakes, don't give them your labor. Work for someone who likes you. Would employers still discriminate under the proposed law? YES. It won't change people's motives.

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