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July 03, 2006
Most Fortune 500 Companies Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

A majority of Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner health insurance benefits, according to a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) report.

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The HRC's The State of the Workplace report found that nearly 51 percent of Fortune 500 companies are providing benefits to employees' same-sex domestic partners in 2006. The number of Fortune 500 companies offering domestic-partner benefits increased from 246 in 2005 to 253 in 2006, according to the report.

Eighty-six percent of Fortune 500 companies also include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policy, according to the report.

The report also noted that seven states prohibit discrimination in private sector employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity -- California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington, plus the District of Columbia. Ten additional states ban workplace discrimination on sexual orientation.

The HRC is an advocacy group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. You can find out more about the report at the HRC's website.

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