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USA: Report finds number of companies with top ratings for lesbian & gay policies increased 20% despite recession

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14 September 2009

Number of Top Rated Businesses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workers Jumps Despite Tough Economy [USA]

Author: Human Rights Campaign

The number of businesses with perfect ratings based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace policies and benefits rose by twenty percent in the past twelve months — despite the serious economic downturn — according to a new report released today by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation…The 2010 edition of the Corporate Equality Index, which rates 590 businesses…reports 305 businesses achieved top ratings, compared to 260 last year…These workers are protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity… because of their employers’ policies on diversity & inclusion… Federal law does not protect employees from discrimination based on real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.

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13 September 2009

[PDF] "Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 2010:A report card on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality in Corporate America."

Author: Human Rights Campaign

305 businesses achieved the top rating of 100 percent this year, compared with 260 businesses in the previous year. This accounts for 58 businesses that reached 100 percent for the first time and 13 no longer on the list, for a net increase of 45 businesses. Collectively, these businesses employ 9,328,085 full-time U.S. workers. When the Corporate Equality Index was launched in 2002, only 13 businesses achieved 100 percent

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