Today more than ever companies are changing the way gays, lesbians, and transgender individuals are treated in the work place. Companies are adopting non-discriminating policies, starting to give more benefits and other practices that include GLBT in the workplace. In 2002, the first Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index rated employers strictly on seven criteria, which remain the basis for today’s rating system. The original criteria were guided in part by the Equality Principles, 10 touch points for businesses demonstrating their commitment to equal treatment of employees, consumers and investors, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
Just 13 businesses received perfect ratings in that first year; by 2005, more than 100 businesses had achieved perfect ratings, with many establishing the next best practices such as spousal-equivalent domestic partner benefits and comprehensive insurance coverage for transgender employees. Today 195 businesses achieved the perfect rating. Some notable companies include Apple Inc., Ford, General Motors, General Mills, and Microsoft Corp.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. They are working to have all companies have GLBT equal rights, benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees, and diversity programs and initiatives including GLBT employee resource groups, advertising and recruitment efforts
They are fighting for equal opportunity rights protecting individuals from discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. No federal law addresses discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in public and private...
References: Corporate equality index.” http://www.hrc.org/documents/HRC_Corporate_Equality_Index_2008.pdf
“U.S. companies getting better on gay, lesbian, transgender policies.” Bernadette Tansey San Francisco Chronicle. Sept. 18, 2007
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