You can count Tim Cook among supporters for broader antidiscrimination laws in the United States.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA), Apple’s CEO argues that extending the antidiscrimination rules that are currently enshrined in U.S. law to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees makes sense not just from a moral perspective, but also from a business one.
To drive his point home, Cook explains that Apple’s own practices already go well beyond what the law mandates. “As we see it, embracing people’s individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights,” he writes. “We’ve found that when people feel valued for who they are, they have the comfort and confidence to do the best work of their lives.”
Members of the U.S. congress have attempted to pass EDNA, which prohibits businesses with fifteen or more employees from using discriminatory practices against LGBT individuals, into law since at least 1994, when it was first introduced by Democratic congressman Gerry Studs of Massachussets. Cook’s remarks come as the Democrat-controlled Senate is scheduled to take a vote of cloture on the law on Monday; the vast majority of sitting senators are expected to quickly bring further debate on the law to an end, so that it can proceed to a proper vote.