The Human Rights Campaign has given 100% scores to 195 major corporations for their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. Four media companies made the list: New York Times Co. (4th year in a row); Viacom (3rd); Clear Channel Communications (2nd); and The Walt Disney Company (2nd). Back when the first such Equality Index list was released in 2002, only 13 companies made the grade.
"More businesses than ever before have recognized the value of a diverse and dedicated workforce. More importantly, these employers understand that discrimination against GLBT workers will ultimately hurt their ability to compete in the global marketplace," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. The Corporate Equality Index, which this year rates 519 major businesses, measures the extent to which employers protect their GLBT employees. Ratings are based on factors like non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees.