In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Sunday, Apple chief Tim Cook expounded on the merits of equality in the workplace and urged U.S. senators to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which is once again up for vote on Monday.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King got that right.
Tim Cook continues to impress me as a great leader, not just a great CEO.
Long before I started work as the CEO 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.
At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door. We’re committed to creating a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation.
As we see it, embracing people’s individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights. It also turns out to be great for the creativity that drives our business. 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.
Will the GOP in the Senate filibuster a bill giving people equal rights in the workplace? Apple already protects against bigotry. If soeone working at Apple allows their dislike of homosexuals to impact the workplace, they will be dealt with,not the homosexual.
In too many places, people uncomfortable with homosexuality are allowed to display that feeling by harassing and firing people, just for being homosexual. They are allowed to be bigots and to display that bigotry legally.
It is not only bad business as Cook states, but also very un-American. we are supposed to judge people by the content of their character, not prejudge them based on personal preference.
I wonder how many Senators will vote against even considering the possibility of voting for this bill? There are enough votes to pass it. So the only way for them to succeed is allowong bigots to succeed is to prevent the bill from even being voted on. A minority abuses process in order to abuse a minority.
And how about the House, if the Senate finds some way to vote against bigotry? Boehner has already said he will not even bring it to the floor. Because allowing bigots to fire people is apparently one of their goals.
UPDATE: And the filibuster was broken. Seven Republicans voted to break the filibuster.They are Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Dean Heller, R-Nev., Mark Kirk, R-Ill,, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. Mark Kirk, in fact,gave his first speech form the floor after suffering a stroke in 2012. His emotional words are quire moving:
“I believe so passionately in enacting the ENDA statute. I think it’s particularly appropriate for an Illinois Republican to speak on behalf of this measure. In the true tradition of Everett McKinley Dirksen and Abraham Lincoln, who gave us the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.”
Good for him. And for the other 6, even the two that had to be begged in the GOP cloak room to make the right vote. The other 30 – not so much