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In one of Apple's rare but notable forays into activism, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written an editorial for The Wall Street Journal in support of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. The editorial, which was published this morning, compares Apple's own policies with those allowed by current U.S. law.
If the act gets passed, MacRumors notes, most employers from the civilian and nonreligious spheres would no longer be allowed to discriminate against employees or prospective hirees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Cook pointed out that Apple has created "a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation" for years. He also added that employees have the right to identify themselves as such in the workplace.
In Cook's words, "Apple's antidiscrimination policy goes beyond the legal protections U.S. workers currently enjoy under federal law, most notably because we prohibit discrimination against Apple's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. A bill now before the U.S. Senate would update those employment laws, at long last, to protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity."
The act is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. Senate on November 4.
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