Apple CEO Backs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Support for Employment Non-Discrimination Act

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Apple CEO Tim Cook implored Congress on Sunday to support a bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Cook, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said that long before he became head of Apple, “I became aware of a fundamental truth: People are much more willing to give of themselves when they feel that their selves are being fully recognized and embraced.”

“As we see it, embracing people’s individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights,” Cook wrote. “It also turns out to be great for the creativity that drives our business.”

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday night, though House is unlikely to bring it to the floor in the lower chamber.

President Barack Obama made similar plea in The Huffington Post on Sunday.


Before worrying about discrimination based on sexual orientation, we need to make sure the laws that are supposed to protect the 50+ age group are being enforced. We are passing way too many laws that are not being monitored. I am in my 50's, laid off for the third time in 2008 and this time around have yet to replace the lost job. I use to be able to do this before my unemployment benefits ran out. I no longer waste my time in efforts to hide my age. Why waste my time and gas going to an interview that once they see me, they will figure out my age. I am now up front about my age and hold on to the hope that someone will give me a chance. Yes, they are not suppose to discriminate against me because of my age - but they do. I now do online work just to be able to keep a few pennies in my pocket. Discrimination is around and unless we take steps to make sure the laws that are passed to stop this discrimination are being used - it is a total waste of time passing more laws. Career Counseling