USA: Corporate Equality Index scores show improvement of measures taken by companies for LGBT workers

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18 November 2015

Corporate Equality Index 2016: Rating American workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality

Author: Human Rights Campaign (USA)

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18 November 2015

More companies than ever get A+ for treatment of LGBT worker

Author: Ahiza Garcia, CNN Money (USA)

A record 407 businesses earned a top score of 100 for their treatment of LGBT workers, according to a report…from the Human Rights Campaign…Among the stalwarts in the top-rated category were companies like Apple, Xerox, Walmart, Starbucks, Facebook, and Exxon. Other top-ranked businesses included General Motors, CVS, Costco, Verizon and Yelp. Among the newcomers to the top-ranked list were Airbnb, Twitter, Uber and PayPal. Sony, Dropbox and Ben & Jerry's were also new to the list and also earned a perfect score. Gender identity is now much more likely to be included in a company's non-discrimination policies -- 75% of businesses surveyed, compared to 3% in 2002…[O]ver 330 companies now have policies aimed at supporting transgender employees as they transition. Companies are rated on five areas: non-discrimination policies, employee benefits, LGBT diversity efforts, public commitment to equality and responsible citizenship. The two industries with the most companies with perfect scores were law firms and banking and financial services…

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18 November 2015

More Firms Earn Top Marks in Annual LGBT Equality Rankings

Author: Nell Gluckman, Am Law Daily (USA)

The legal industry continues to show improvement on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index, which evaluates large law firm and company policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Of the 156 law firms surveyed by HRC in 2015, 95 received a perfect score, according to the most recent report, which was released Wednesday. That's up from 87 firms that earned perfect scores last year. This year, nine firms received a score of 95 percent, while 10 earned 90 percent. All but six firms surveyed received scores of 80 percent or higher..."We've seen tremendous leadership and also what can be characterized, in a positive way, as hyper competition amongst the firms." [said the director of the Human Rights Campaign's Workplace Equality Program]...Quinn Emanuel's improved score was the result of adding new sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections to its employment policy, and because the firm adopted transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage...New to this survey were requirements that outside contractors abide by the law firms' non-discrimination policies, and a stipulation that firms could not donate money to non-religious organizations that discriminate against LGBT people...[Also refers to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Holland & Hart, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Howard & Howard, Jones Day, LeClair Ryan, Loeb & Loeb, Willkie Farr & Gallagher]

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