The Human Rights Campaign is recognizing more than 140 large employers for their policies and practices toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) employees.
The advocacy group's annual list of the "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality" contains 142 companies this year, up from 101 in 2005. The companies on list score a perfect 100 on HRC's Corporate Equality Index, which measures policies and practices implemented to promote fairness and equality in the workplace for GLBT employees.
The group says that more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies now have policies in place that prevent workplace discrimination based upon sexual orientation, and 24 percent include gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies.
"We have reached a new point in corporate America where most companies appreciate the realities of life for GLBT people and have gone beyond simply enacting policies to visibly celebrating them as a business strategy to attract and retain top talent," says Daryl Herrschaft, director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Workplace Project.
Companies on the HRC's "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality" list include Boeing, General Motors, Dow Chemical, and Apple Computer.
For more information, visit: http://www.hrc.org/placestowork/.