Friday, May 06, 2005

Microsoft reverses

An update to my post of last month: Microsoft reverses its position on anti-discrimination legislation. Robert Scoble reports the news, and again posts Steve Ballmer’s memo to employees:

Microsoft will continue to join other leading companies in supporting federal legislation that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — adding sexual orientation to the existing law that already covers race, sex, national origin, religion, age and disability. Given the importance of diversity to our business, it is appropriate for the company to endorse legislation that prohibits employment discrimination on all of these grounds. Obviously, the Washington State legislative session has concluded for this year, but if legislation similar to HB 1515 is introduced in future sessions, we will support it.
A shame that it’s too late to save the bill this time around, but overall it’s good news and a belated reaffirmation that yes, all Microsoft’s employees are valued…