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September 25, 2006
Report: More Companies Become GLBT-Friendly

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) says more employers are earning a top score in its rating of how companies treat gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) employees and consumers.

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The HRC, an advocacy group, says 138 major U.S. companies earned a top rating of 100 percent in its fifth annual Corporate Equality Index, up from 101 in 2005.

For the Corporate Equality Index, the organization rated companies on a scale of 0 percent to 100 percent using several factors, such as whether they have a written nondiscrimination policy covering sexual orientation, have written policies protecting transgender employees from discrimination, and offer domestic partner benefits.

The organization's ratings cover 446 large employers. Ninety-eight percent of the rated companies include sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination polices. The HRC reports a 75 percent increase in the number of companies that prohibited discrimination against transgender employees in employment practices.

"Companies are not only working to improve their scores, they are actively competing to be ranked the most inclusive and fair-minded in their industry," says Joe Solmonese, president of the HRC. "Leading companies, which years ago instituted basic equal employment policies, are accelerating their efforts to expand the range of benefits. This competition sends a clear message that corporate  America is rapidly becoming a place of fairness for GLBT Americans."

You can read the organization's full report here.

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