In an op-ed column in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Cook writes that protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers is a good business practice that should be recognized in federal law.
“For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace,” he wrote. “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 co-workers cannot be themselves in the workplace, they certainly cannot be their best selves.”
At issue is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, which faces a key vote in the Senate on Monday.
Supporters are hoping the bill, with the support of all 55 Democratic senators and at least a handful of Republicans, will clear a important procedural hurdle. Legislation needs 60 votes in the Senate to avoid being subject to a filibuster.