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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Gullible Jones
Member since:
2006-05-23

Economics and philosophy? Are you daft?

I have friends who have been poor, actually poor. People who have seen times when they were grateful to have any job whatsoever. People who are smarter and better educated than I am, who at times couldn't even pull in minimum wage. People whose work ethics and personal ethics put mine completely to shame, who were barely able to scrape by because they were screwed over by random circumstance.

Get out of your ivory tower, please.

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DrJohnnyFever Member since:
2012-03-07

What the hell do you propose to fix the evils of the world? I can prove that all the progressive improvements have been counterproductive but you don't care. You don't care about reality you just care about feel good platitudes.

I'm not going to argue with you any more. You can't even find the true sources of failure in society. You always blame the wrongs things so no wonder you never get the right answer. I can't persuade you.

Legislation can fix anything. Apparently.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I can prove that all the progressive improvements have been counterproductive but you don't care. You don't care about reality you just care about feel good platitudes.

What!?!?!?! Are you going to tell us that labour unions were counter-productive? Are you going to tell all black people that the anti-discrimination laws were actually bad for them? Or maybe discrimination against Catholics(Irish) was a good thing?!?!?!

If you allow segregation, then the status quo is upheld for another generation. No matter what you segregate upon.

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DrJohnnyFever Member since:
2012-03-07

If you think there are actually skilled people that can't get any sort of job, you are deluding yourself. A person who speaks no English and has never used a computer or cell phone can wade across the Rio Grande and have a job paying $12.00 an hour plus that same day in a totally unregulated governmentless marketplace.

If anything, that just reinforces how your government doesn't help you. If there really are these people that can't get jobs, they'd be better off if they didn't have an ID or a minimum wage...

Edited 2013-11-06 00:31 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

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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