Rarely do you see an Apple executive expressing his or her opinion in public, but today Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an article in The Wall Street Journal about how Workplace Equality is good for business.
Through the article, Cook urges senators to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act that prevents discrimination in hiring or employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
From the opinion piece:
At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door. We’re committed to creating a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation.
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.
Cook notes that employees have had to hide a part of their identity to prevent discrimination, and that Congress should seize this opportunity to hit back at “such intolerance by approving the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.”
To read the entire article, head over to the WSJ.