It is already illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, nationality, religion, age, or disability. But a majority of states still don’t provide protection to LGBT individuals in the workplace. Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) CEO Tim Cook wants to put an end to this discrepancy. In a November Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled “Workplace Equality Is Good for Business,” Cook urged the passing of a federal law to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
“Protections that promote equality and diversity should not be conditional on someone’s sexual orientation,” he wrote. “For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace.”
Shortly after Cook’s op-ed, the Senate voted to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace. The legislation will now be sent to the House for consideration.