Among other issues, the LGBT community has been also struggling with discrimination at the workplace. While activists and campaigns fight for the LGBT community’s equal rights in all areas, HRC gives as good as one gets. In 2002 they created the Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index serves the LGBT community in finding the companies that meet all the criteria for workplace equality.
In 2016 they have ranked 1,024 businesses and according to a press release they have used criteria that included global non-discrimination policy or code of conduct “that specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” The assessment was also based on determining if the companies offer domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care and measured the level of engagement with the LGBT community publicly.
Apple and Xerox are the first among the best companies for the LGBT employees. Those from Twitter, Uber and Airbnb embrace diversity and support the LGBT community, scoring a perfect 100.
These are the best companies for LGBT employees in 2016, but a list created by Glassdoor, an online jobs and career platform included Google, Nike, Unilever, eBay, Disney, Microsoft and 20 more other companies that support the LGBT community.
Here’s what an employee had to say about Google:
“Very pro-women, pro-LGBT, pro-minority environment. I’m a female software engineer and have not seen a shred of the sexism or attitude towards women that I’ve experienced at other workplaces.” —Google Software Engineer III (Mountain View, CA)
We hope that employers and companies will become more aware of the non-discrimination policies and workplace equality, and to embrace diversity just like so many others did.