Apple CEO Tim Cook has written a noteworthy op-ed piece insisting that LGBT workers should be protected from discrimination. Cook urged Senators to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which is a provision that would offer LGBT employee protection against discrimination in the workplace. Currently employers are not allowed to fire workers based on race, religion, sex, or disability. However, there is no protection for sexual orientation or identity in most states.
?As we see it, embracing people’s individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights. It also turns out to be great for the creativity that drives our business,? stated Cook in the op-ed. ?We’ve found that when people feel valued for who they are, they have the comfort and confidence to do the best work of their lives.?
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) opposes the nondiscrimination bill and argues that it would “increase frivolous litigation.”
A couple of years ago, Tim Cook was named as the number one in the Power 50 most influential gay and lesbians in America.
You can read Tim Cook’s op-ed on The Wall Street Journal here.