Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:22

2018 Corporate Equality Index: A record number of businesses protect LGBTQ workers

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A record has been broken! Don't worry, I'm talking about a positive record. The number of major companies and law firms with protections for LGBTQ workers has increased dramatically.

18% more in one year. In 2016, there were 510 companies protecting LGBTQ workers. In 2017, there are 609, a hundred or so new companies.

As HRC points out in its blog, while the Trump-Pence administration continues its attacks against LGBTQ people, there is a historic support for LGBTQ equality among the nation’s top employers.

"At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace," said HRC President Chad Griffin.

"The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores.

"In addition, many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the 106 corporate supporters of the Equality Act.

"We are proud to have developed so many strong partnerships with corporate allies who see LGBTQ equality as a crucial issue for our country and for their businesses."

The Equality Act is a federal law that would provide LGBTQ people with the same basic protections against discrimination as everyone else.

Also, in recent years, companies have improved their support for transgender workers.

This year, the main results that we retain are:

  • 609 companies got a perfect score of 100 points in this report
  • Gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies in 83% of Fortune 500 companies. 3% in 2002.
  • 459 major employers have adopted supportive inclusion guidelines for transgender workers who are transitioning.

The details of this report are available on the Human Rights Campaign's website here: www.hrc.org/ceiwww.hrc.org/cei

Businesses take over to better protect LGBTQ workers. It has been a year since Trump and Pence repealed the protections for LGBTQ people and yet a new record in the matter has been broken. Would you have imagined that after the elections?

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