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The evasive CEO of the richest company on the planet, Apple’s Tim Cook, has taken a rare enter the limelight to insist Congress to prohibit sexual preference discrimination in the office.

In a Wall Street Journal OpEd, Cook suggests that passing the Employment Nondiscrimination Act isn’t only a moral imperative, however sound financial policy:

‘Those who’ve actually suffered discrimination have actually paid the best cost for this lack of legal defense. However eventually we all pay a cost. If our colleagues can not be themselves in the office, they certainly can not be their best selves. When that happens, we undermine people’s possible and deny ourselves and our society the full advantages of those people’ skills.’

I am no fan of bigotry, but is Cook, who’s commonly believed to be gay himself, right that discrimination hurts the economy? Basically, yes, but it’s tough to figure out the effect.

A UCLA Law review of study finds that anti-discrimination policies produce healthier, more cooperative, and dedicated workers [PDF] IBM-sponsored ethnographic research discovers that gay workers who feel accepted in the workplace are likewise more going to share creative concepts [PDF] ‘If I am not out at work, I invest even more time attempting to hide my home life and for that reason not focusing on my job.’ discussed one respondent.

To some level, we are lucky to stay in a nation where our economy is not held captive to Congress’s lack of ability to advertise equality. Nearly every significant business in America supports gay employees and understands they ‘d face debilitating public backlash on top of missing out on first-class talent by discriminating. The business most in charge of innovation won’t be impacted by regulation.

Still, every ill, disparaged, and fearful employee hurts the economy. Development comes from unexpected places: every fired instructor and bullied teenager makes it that much less likely cutting-edge Americans will ever reach their potential.

One of the godfathers of modern-day computing, Alan Turing, died soon after the British government required him into chemical castration for being gay. Turing’s revolutionary mathematical theorems proved how computer systems could be even more than simple calculators. He died at the young age of 41 straight from discriminatory regulation. Who understands exactly what he could’ve contributed to computing in the later years of his life?