Tim Cook has twitted his opinion on a potential new law that is currently being considered by the United States Congress. He tweeted “The House should mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by passing ENDA”, Cook also tweeted a quote “We shall overcome” and said “Much done but much left to do.”
The law being considered is known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and would prohibit companies with 15 or more employees from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender.
Cook has expressed his interest in the movement of equality in a WSJ opinion editorial back in November and the bill passed the Senate since, but has struggled to pass the House of Representatives. In a speech last December at Auburn University, the Apple CEO cited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy as inspirational figures.
Tim Cook noted Apple’s policy in his WSJ op-ed:
Apple’s antidiscrimination policy goes beyond the legal protections U.S. workers currently enjoy under federal law, most notably because we prohibit discrimination against Apple’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. A bill now before the U.S. Senate would update those employment laws, at long last, to protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
This is what Speaker of the House John Boehner has to say about his opposition to the bill:
I am opposed to discrimination of any kind — in the workplace and any place else. But I think this legislation — that I have dealt with as chairman of the Education Workforce Committee long before I was back in the leadership — is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits. People are already protected in the workplace. I am opposed to continuing this.