You may be aware that last week the State of Arizona almost enacted a law that would have legalized discrimination against LGBT people by business owners in the state. It would have been a horrible setback for LGBT equality in our country. Fortunately, given pressure from companies doing business in the state and from many, many others, the Governor of Arizona vetoed the legislation.
As an LGBT employee of EMC, I was aware of a request made for EMC to take a stand on this issue in support of LGBT equality in Arizona. As we have done in many other cases, EMC moved quickly to do the right thing. Within 24 hours, ML Krakauer, Paul Dacier, and Chris Goode drafted a letter opposing the legislation and encouraging the Governor to veto. Fortunately, the Governor exercised her right to veto quickly, just before EMC released the letter.
But I know, and I wanted every EMC employee to know, that EMC did the right thing. I wanted to share the communication below from Paul Dacier, EVP, General Counsel of EMC.
“Creating an inclusive, respectful and open culture at EMC has always been a priority, and we constantly strive to promote equality in our workplace. We are pleased with Governor Brewer’s decision to veto Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062. EMC is committed to ensuring equality for all of our employees. It is simply the right thing to do.”
Just one more reason that I am proud to work at EMC.