Today, Symantec signed on to support the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination legislation, that would provide the same basic protections to LGBT people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law. The landmark bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week helps protect against discrimination of LGBT people by expanding civil rights protections around hiring and firing.
Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average, and by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computing jobs. However, by that same five year time period, there will only be 400,000 computer science students. At that rate, there will be 1 million more jobs than students by 2020. This is a concerning statistic that not only impacts our students’ futures, but also our company and our global economy.
Nelson Mandela once said, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” In commemoration of the great Nelson Mandela, the global community celebrates International Mandela Day on his birthday each year. It is a day to honor the many ways Nelson Mandela gave back to his community and the world.
By Rachel Armstrong, Symantec’s Product Specialist, Norton eBusiness
While enjoying the Dublin Pride Parade last year, cheering and waving my flag in the sunshine (yes, sunshine in Ireland!) I saw contingents from Facebook, Android, Google and eBay pass by, full of joyful faces. I remember thinking, “Why isn’t Symantec in there?”
By Ashley Savageau, Symantec's Community Relations Mananger and a Teach For America Miami-Dade alumnus
The month of June has a special place in my heart. Not only does it signal the start of barbecues and beach trips, but it also marks my company’s annual recognition of outstanding teachers. At Symantec, we believe that an excellent K-12 education can set children up for academic, career, and personal success, and that their teachers deserve our gratitude and support.
Pat Padilla, Symantec's Associate Sales Operations Specialist
My journey as an LGBT ally and advocate began some years ago, after conversations with a gay co-worker, with whom I traveled extensively for work. We had been traveling together for years, and I was oblivious to his sexual identity until he came out to me, about six years into our trips. I realized that he was the first gay person I had met (or rather the first to come out to me) and how unaware I was concerning the struggles and inequality faced by the LGBT community and their loved ones.
By Eileen Brewer, Symantec's Senior Manager, Security Appliances Team, MV
Symantec’s Volunteer of the Quarter initiative highlights and rewards those employees who dedicate their time and talents to those in need. We have a long and proud history of encouraging our employees to volunteer.