During his speech at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York, the Apple CEO, Tim Cook, took his opportunity to call on people to pay attention to the alarming issue of inequality in the workplace.
Being one of Apple Inc.’s key persons, Cook is being highly recognized as a role model for today’s new generations. Thus, his every little act is remarkable for many and he probably knows that. That is why when he was given a lifetime-achievement award by his alma mater, Alabama’s Auburn University, he never missed his chance to promote equality in the workplace.
In his speech, he recounted the devastating impact of employment discrimination he had witnessed as he grew up in Alabama during the 1960s.
Until present, Cook can still clearly remember witnessing cross burning during his childhood. In fact, that scenario was permanently imprinted on his mind, which unfortunately changed his life forever.
Cook has further revealed that he actually keeps photos of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. in his office so as to remind him of his own value system.
As recently reported, Cook also gave tribute to the late Nelson Mandela and the decedent’s philosophy on human rights.
Based on his previous efforts, Cook is apparently a true advocate of anti-discrimination campaign. Recently, he likewise reaffirmed his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that has long been argued in Congress. Under the said bill, it would be illegal for employers to discriminate against employees and applicants on the basis of gender preferences or sexual orientation.
Over the years, employment discrimination remains one of the most common workplace issues particularly in Los Angeles, California, despite the existing labor laws prohibiting such workplace misconduct. With people like Cook, the implementation of various comprehensive labor laws that would curb workplace discrimination is being empowered.