Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook has urged the U.S. Congress to pass a bill banning discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers nationwide.
Protection for LGBT workers is a good business practice that should be recognized in federal law, Cook said in an opinion-editorial appearing in the Monday issue of the Wall Street Journal.
“If our co-workers cannot be themselves in the workplace, they certainly cannot be their best selves,” he said.
“So long as the law remains silent on the workplace rights of gay and lesbian Americans,” Cook wrote, “we as a nation are effectively consenting to discrimination against them,” he added.
The op-ed column’s release coincides with the Senate’s scheduled cloture voting on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). If the bill, S. 815, gets 60 votes on Monday, it avoids facing a filibuster as the chamber will debate and then vote on it next week.
Should the ENDA be passed by Congress, 29 states that allow employers to fire workers based on their sexual orientation and four states that allow the firing of transgender workers have to conform with other states that bar employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Cook noted that Apple already has a policy against discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees.