Apple CEO urges members of Congress to pass a bill that would protect employees from workplace policies and practices created disadvantages because of sexual orientation issues and gender identity.
In an op-ed piece that was puublished online Sunday by The Wall Street Journal, the head of the tech giant calls on the Senate to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, also known as ENDA, and tries to convince the House of Representatives to bring the bill to the floor for a vote, reports CNet.
“At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door,” Cook wrote. “We’re committed to creating a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation.”
He continued, “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. 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.”
Mr. Cook went on, adding that the iPhone maker works hard to make “a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation.”
As Mac Observer writes, the Cupertino based company isn’t alone in such a policy, as there are many other companies who support the idea. For the others that choose to discriminate based on sexual beliefs and lifestyles, there’s a chance that the Government will step in with more regulations.
“Protections that promote equality and diversity should not be conditional on someone’s sexual orientation,” Mr. Cook said. “For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace.”
Meanwhile, President Obama took to The Huffington Post with the same goal: urge Senate to act on the gender equality and human rights.
“Americans can’t be fired from their jobs just because of the color of their skin or for being Christian or Jewish or a woman or an individual with a disability,” the U.S. president said.
“That kind of discrimination has no place in our nation. And yet, right now, in 2013, in many states a person can be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.”
“As a result, millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs – not because of anything they’ve done, but simply because of who they are.”
He went on, adding: “Americans ought to be judged by one thing only in their workplaces: their ability to get their jobs done. Does it make a difference if the firefighter who rescues you is gay – or the accountant who does your taxes, or the mechanic who fixes your car?”
President Obama concluded: “If someone works hard every day, does everything he or she is asked, is responsible and trustworthy and a good colleague, that’s all that should matter.”