Apple has publicly supported the Federal law banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender (Employment Non-discrimination Act) that is being considered in the U.S. Congress. The company from Cupertino has called us congressmen to vote for the bill prohibiting the firing of employees because of their sexual orientation, as well as to deny gays and lesbians in hiring works.
“We in the Apple firmly believe that equal treatment for all, regardless of where people come from, how he looks, what he believes and whom they love. We fully support the extension of legal protection, which is part of basic human rights”, – the statement says the company.
The Federal bill put before the U.S. Congress, aimed at protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. The authors believe that the adoption of the document would obviate the injustice against gays, transgenders, lesbians and other members of the LGBT minority.
Last year Apple CEO Tim cook personally called to pass the bill. “Thank you to all the senators who supported ENDA! I urge members of Congress to follow their example, to stop discrimination,” wrote Tim cook. The law, which says Apple CEO, requires companies with 15 or more employees, protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender.
Previously the CEO published an article in the newspaper The Wall Street Journal, where he told about the measures taken by Apple to reduce inequality among employees. According to him, among all companies in the world, the iPhone maker is one of the leading positions on the loyalty of the corporate policy regarding gays and lesbians.
“Our goal is to create a safe and hospitable working environment for employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation,” wrote cook. Our Corporation is prohibited any discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers in the Apple”.
Receiving the award International Quality of Life Award at Auburn University – his Alma mater – cook also touched on this topic. Apple CEO stated the need “to support legislation promoting equality and nondiscrimination for all employees – regardless of who they love”.
In June of this year, Tim cook took part in a gay pride parade, leading a convoy of Apple employees. The event was attended by approximately 8,000 employees of the firm – more than from any other company. They were wearing t-shirts with the Apple logo and were carrying rainbow flags.