Apple CEO Tim Cook: Congress Should Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has written an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal urging Congress to pass ENDA.

CookAfter highlighting Apple's non-discrimination policy and emphasizing that it is great for business, Cook writes, in part:

We urge senators to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and we challenge the House of Representatives to bring it to the floor for a vote.

Protections that promote equality and diversity should not be conditional on someone's sexual orientation. For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace.

Those who have suffered discrimination have paid the greatest price for this lack of legal protection. But ultimately we all pay a price. If our coworkers cannot be themselves in the workplace, they certainly cannot be their best selves. When that happens, we undermine people's potential and deny ourselves and our society the full benefits of those individuals' talents.

So long as the law remains silent on the workplace rights of gay and lesbian Americans, we as a nation are effectively consenting to discrimination against them.

Congress should seize the opportunity to strike a blow against such intolerance by approving the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.

Cook, who is famously private about his personal life, was called "the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley" by Gawker at the time he was named CEO shortly before Steve Jobs' death. He has not spoken about that publicly.


  1. MaryM says

    Ugh – Tim Cook is a closet case. What a pathetic coward.

    And does Tim Cook also condemn Apple’s disgraceful history of tax avoidance.

    It may be legal but it’s shameful that corporate giants like Apply pay so little tax.

    I guess that’s what happens when the government represents the corporations and not the population.

  2. Jay says

    @MARYM Tim Cook authored this op-ed on his free time while running one of the most important companies on the face of this planet. What exactly have you done? I welcome Mr. Cook’s solidarity and look forward to his future involvement. Today he shows he cares.

  3. crispy says

    MaryM, Tim Cook is every bit as out in his workplace as you are in the Dunkin Donuts where you work.

  4. MaryM says

    Tim Cook is a pathetic closet case – when has he officially come out?

    And why does global multinational Apple pay so little tax, when the rest of us are supposed to?

    Oh yes – because Apple along with all the other corporations own the government of the USA.

  5. Joseph Singer says

    @MaryM: So, your judgment is that unless they have rainbows flowing out of their mouths that they’re a detriment to the gay community? Whether Apple does this or that in regards to their tax situation has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand. If you want to hate on Tim Cook because you don’t like what Apple is doing or you want to hate on him because you don’t think he’s gay enough or out enough that’s really your problem.

  6. crispy says

    Define “officially come out.” Magazine covers, newspaper columns, television spots?

    If that is required to come out, please post the link to your coming out announcement.

  7. petes says

    Tim Cook is setting an example that you can’t be out at work and a leader. How does that help the gay community? He doesn’t have to be flying a rainbow flag 24-7, but how hard is it to just say that he’s gay (or not).

  8. simon says

    He is just representing Apple’s position on this issue. It just happens to be Tim Cook. Whether he is or he is not doesn’t matter. It underlines the cultural shift that is happening. Apple actually may think it will improve their image or at least it doesn’t hurt them.

  9. Frank says

    Having worked for a few tech companies in Silicon Valley, I can tell you….there’s no need to “come out.” You just go to work…talk about your life, and get the job done. Nobody in this industry that I’ve run across cares who you sleep with. It’s just NOT a big deal. I started in high tech in 1998 when I was hired by a gay man who talked openly about his partner from day 1. He was a role model for showing me that you just do your job and nobody cares what else you do. My guess is that everyone knew that Tim was gay and for many…it’s just not a topic of conversation.

  10. bear says

    Tim Cook doesn’t have to ‘ come out at work ‘. Everyone at Apple Inc. already KNOWS Mr. Cook is gay.

    So, put a cork in it ‘MaryM’, ‘Pete’… Your ignorance is showing.

  11. ratbatard says

    Mr. Cook and other CEOs of multinational conglomerates are doing their utmost to harm American workers, most notably by flooding the country with foreign workers,both educated professionals, semi-skilled and unskilled. This is being done simply to keep wages low, squeeze American workers, and finally to create more consumers and debtors. Debt servicing is a huge industry. Cook and others like him do stunts like this to create good PR with ‘progressives’, and deflect attention away from the many nefarious things he and others do, mostly behind the scenes. Not that different from an organized crime boss giving out free turkeys and gifts at Thanksgiving and Christmas, pay for 4th of July fireworks, etc.,

  12. FFS says

    Absolutely. Take it from Apple. Companies shouldn’t be able to screw over the people who just want to do good work for them.

    They should focus all their efforts into screwing over the dumbtards who buy their insanely overpriced products with absurdly limited functionality because they’re pretty and white and “artistic.”