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Apple CEO Tim Cook endorses LGBT workplace protections in Auburn speech

Monday, December 16, 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has never come out as gay publicly but has been named in Out magazine’s “Power 50″ list of most influential gays and lesbians for the past three years, endorsed the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during a speech at Auburn University.

Cook, who has become increasingly vocal about promoting equal rights in the workplace, encouraged audience members at his alma mater to pressure members of Congress to support passage of ENDA, a measure he had earlier supported in a Wall Street Journal editorial.

“These values have also recently guided us to support legislation that demands equality and non-discrimination for all employees, no matter who you love,” Cook said during an acceptance speech last week for a lifetime achievement award from Auburn.

“I have long believed in this, and Apple has implemented protections for employees even when the laws did not. Now is the time to write these basic principles of human dignity into the book of law,” he said.

His full speech can be viewed here:

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12 more reader comments:

  1. apple <3

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:42pm
  2. Slave labor, No thank you!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:44pm
  3. Apple is slave labor? Really? It was one of the most fun places I've ever worked. Not many other companies out there supply you with goofing off materials, fun contests daily, live music entertainment, keg parties, etc.

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:49pm
  4. I am talking about the manufacturing of the their products. http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/12/technology/foxconn-labor/

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:57pm
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/technology/worker-deaths-raise-questions-at-an-apple-contractor-in-china.html?_r=0

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:06pm
  6. Todays slave labor means labor that is paid so little the working men and women cannot support themselves honestly. This happens here in the UNited STates at Mcdonalds and Walmarts, and in China, India, Honduras, ad Bangladesh at clothing, and electronic assembly factories.

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:19pm
  7. Yes Randy, and we have the power to change those business practices, spend your money at businesses that do not exploit their employees. Plain and simple.

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:24pm
  8. I am guessing that comment was directed to Chinese factories that actually make the products, not the hipster enclave there.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:52pm
  9. Did you work in a iPhone factory Crystal Dunbar?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:52pm
  10. I am getting IPad. air for Christmas thanks for standing for equality !

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:59pm
  11. Where in China?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:59pm
  12. We need so many more great people who can push for equality with their power and passion for all people

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:25pm