Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Best and Worst Companies for Gay and Transgender Employees

HRC | Best and Worst Companies for Gay and Transgender Employees Revealed

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation were pleased to reveal the results of their fourth annual report card on the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees in corporate America. According to the study, there are seven times as many corporations providing full protections since 2002 with a record-setting 101 companies scoring a perfect 100%.

As reported on the HBC website...

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s fourth annual report card — the Corporate Equality Index — rates Fortune 500 and other major companies on a scale from zero to 100 percent on seven key indicators of fair treatment for GLBT employees. Indicators include policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as equal health care benefits.

Among this year’s key findings:

A record 101 companies score 100 percent, which is attributed to a sharp increase in gender identity non-discrimination policies. In 2002, only 13 companies earned a perfect rating.
Today, 5.6 million people work at the 101 companies that score 100 percent. In 2002, approximately 690,000 people were employed by the 13 companies that scored 100 percent.
Eighty-one percent of scored companies offer health benefits to the domestic partners of employees, up from 70 percent in 2002.
“With 101 companies scoring one hundred percent, millions of Americans now have protections they would have only dreamed of a few years ago,” said Daryl Herrschaft, director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Workplace Project and lead author of the report.

Many of the companies that scored 100 percent will be attending this year’s Out & Equal Workplace Summit starting on Sept. 22 in Denver. They will be joining more than 850 GLBT employees, straight allies and human resources and diversity professionals who share the same vision of equality for all.


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