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Apple CEO Tim Cook Pens WSJ Op-Ed Backing Employment Nondiscrimination Act

by Jacob Kleinman | November 4, 2013November 4, 2013 2:00 pm PST

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With the U.S. Senate set to vote on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, Apple CEO Tim Cook published a rare op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today titled, “Workplace Equality Is Good for Business.” The piece argues for workplace equality, pointing to Apple’s own practices as a reason for the company’s success.

“At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door,” Cook writes. “We’re committed to creating a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation.” He adds that Apple’s own policy’s go beyond protections afforded by U.S. federal law, but hopes congress will vote to update national workplace discrimination laws.

The bill aims to ban all workplace discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, and President Obama penned an op-ed himself supporting the act today in The Huffington Post. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act has been introduced several times in the past few years, but has so far failed to pass through congress.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...