Apple CEO Tim Cook urges U.S. congress to pass Employment Nondiscrimination Act

Apple CEO Tim Cook urges U.S. congress to pass Employment Nondiscrimination Act

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op ed piece in which he touts Apple anti-discrimination policy, and urges the U.S. congress to pass the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act. From the Wall Street Journal:

So long as the law remains silent on the workplace rights of gay and lesbian Americans, we as a nation are effectively consenting to discrimination against them.

Cook claims that embracing employees of all races, genders, nationalities, and sexual orientations is not only the moral thing to do, but a motivator that improves creativity and drives business.

For the last few Apple events, Tim Cook has taken point talking about corporate values. In this piece, he bridges Apple values with national ones. It's a striking move, and you can read it in its entirety via the link below.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Apple CEO Tim Cook urges U.S. congress to pass Employment Nondiscrimination Act


It's good to see Cook bring this forward. Apple is an white old mens club and Cook seems to be trying to change that old mentality.

Unfortunately, this bill has been brought up every term since the mid 1990s (and similar legislation has been tried as far back as the early 1970s), but the same bloc has been able to torpedo it every time.

I doubt Cook adding his (and Apple's) voice will sway enough people in the House, but it's another important step, for the head of the most profitable enterprise in the world to say it has been good for their business.

Am I missing something? I thought it was already illegal to discriminate in the workplace? Is this something else? Are people seeking affirmative action for sexual orientation? Will we soon have a quota of how many gay/lesbians we have to have per number of straight? How would bisexuals figure into this mix? I would have thought that anti-harassment policies would already cover things like this. What is next, laws for anti-discrimination policies against overweight people? If you laugh about that or think I'm joking, I'm not. Overweight people are considered less productive and have less opportunities for advancement than fit. The same applies for ugly people versus the beautiful.

This is an important topic to me because I plan on starting my own business. I could care less about age, race, sex, sexual orientation, or weight. What I care about is how qualified the person is. Are they efficient? Do they have a good work ethic? Are they honest and dependable? Do they work well with others or do they cause a lot of drama? Despite the fact that I feel this way, I don't see where it is my business to tell another business owner who they should or shouldn't hire.

The way you regulate businesses is to not purchase their products or use their services based on their business practices, not by constantly crying to the government to fix things. The government needs to spend some time right now fixing itself.

Honestly, I think we need less of the government telling us what we can and cannot do, not more.

I agree, but the way liberals look at it is if you don't have one black person and one gay person then you sir are racist. Stupid thinking is going to be the end of this nation.

I'm sure the solution will require a gay quota just like every other quota for business with more than 49 employees. It has nothing to do with morals and everything to do with control. A large minority owned business in my town actually had to bus minority workers in because there weren't any living in the area to hire.

Crap like this makes me not want to buy apple. If any of you who agree and also call yourself a Christian, then read your bible again.

Don't forget all the other stuff in the bible that I'm sure you've done that have the same consequences.

Yes all men fall short, but it doesn't mean you give up. Embracing a sin is different then knowing what you are doing is wrong and praying for gods help to fight our evil nature. Should we start embracing alcoholic, or child molesters?

I've actually read a bible, unlike you mindless ignorant holier-than-thou morons who go about throwing them in other peoples faces. Pull your head out of your ass and read the WHOLE book. And if you want informed religious advice, ask an atheist.

There it is, your a hateful atheist, I am not going to reach you only god can open your eyes. I have read the bible front to cover 2 times a year for the past 10 years. I pray for you.

Well Hallelujah! You gonna pray for me! All my troubles will be swept away! Seriously, get a (more productive) hobby. And also, stones, glass houses, etc.

It seems like you are a very angry person. Also maybe Atheism is a hobby for you but my faith is no hobby, it is my life.

Faith is YOUR life. Keep it that way. No one else cares. You call me a hateful person, while your preach hate. Ironic.

I don't preach hate. I hate the sin but love the person, so I harbor no hateful feelings twords any gay person. You on the other hand started the thread by using bad language in an attampt to insult me. It seems that you do hate Christians.

Also I beat you preach you atheism when ever you get a chance. You do no atheism is it's own religion. We can keep going back and forth but you won't silance me.

That's a definition of the world through a white mans eyes, the Bible back then, Believe in me or I will stone you to death, or burn you at the stake, or kill you and your family for Heresy!

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