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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Ah... OK. So you're OK if you're told in an interview that you aren't getting hired because the colour of your eyes is not adequate for that office job.

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DrJohnnyFever Member since:

Well, the employer was stupid. You wan't to run for a company that mismanaged?

To work for a company that is FORCED to keep you on staff by law is not a fun thing. If they don't like you, let them run themselves into the ground with you far away.

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JAlexoid Member since:

HR people are not the people that I would work for. There is also the obvious example of mid to large companies that are not necessarily represented well by a single HR person that might bounce you for a reason that's irrelevant to your successful employment.

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