The Wall Street Journal published an editorial written by Apple CEO Tim Cook on Sunday, titled, “Workplace Equality Is Good for Business.”
Cook discusses why he thinks Congress should support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. It’s not a long piece. He talks about how things are at Apple with its antidiscrimination policy before urging senators to support the piece of legislation and challenging the House to vote on it. Cook writes:
Protections that promote equality and diversity should not be conditional on someone’s sexual orientation. For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace.
Those who have suffered discrimination have paid the greatest price for this lack of legal protection. But ultimately we all pay a price. If our coworkers cannot be themselves in the workplace, they certainly cannot be their best selves. When that happens, we undermine people’s potential and deny ourselves and our society the full benefits of those individuals’ talents.
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.
Read the whole thing here.
President Obama also wrote a piece appearing in the Huffington Post Gay Voices section, urging Congress to pass the act.