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ENDA: Intel Backs Employer Non Discrimination Act Passage

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On October 24, I accepted an award presented by Worklife Matters Magazine naming Intel one of the top U.S. companies for LGBT work life. Diversity is an integral part of Intel’s strategy and vision and our work to put this into practice has been recognized by multiple organiza­tions. In addition to the recognition from Worklife Matters Magazine, Intel has been named to Working Mother Magazine’s “100 Best Companies” list and Diversity Employer Magazine’s “Top 100 Diversity Employers” list.

This week Congress is reconsidering the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This measure would join similar federal workplace protections based on race, religion, gender, age and disability. Senate support appears to give the legislation the 60 votes necessary to clear a key procedural hurdle or “cloture.” Intel announced last week it was joining the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness in support of the ENDA. With more than half of our worldwide workforce based in the U.S., policy that impacts and protects U.S. workers is important to Intel.

The Employer Non Discrimination Act not only makes good workforce policy, but is necessary to recognize the diversity of America’s talent. Studies show that employees working in a diverse environment tend to feel more fulfilled, creative and productive on the job, resulting in increased productivity, efficiency and innovation. Intel strives to provide an environment where all employees are valued, challenged, acknowledged and rewarded.

How else will we fulfill our vision to create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth?