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Human Rights Campaign Foundation releases list of 2010 “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”

(WASHINGTON D.C.)– The Human Rights Campaign Foundation yesterday released its annual list of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” This year 305 companies were awarded this distinction for their employment policies and practices that include LGBT workers and their families. A complete list of the honored businesses is available online.

“These companies' actions constitute tangible, significant civil rights progress," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "By mandating equal opportunity in hiring, ensuring equal compensation through medical and family benefits, and promoting informed work forces and equal work places, these companies light the way for advances in state and federal law. The list of 'Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality' is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking employment with a company that supports our community. Corporate America continues to make progress, and federal law has to catch up. That's the job ahead of us.”

The “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” distinction is awarded to businesses that scored 100% on the HRC Foundation’s 2010 Corporate Equality Index, the primary method for businesses to benchmark and evaluate their policies, practices and diversity efforts relating to LGBT workers. The index evaluates non-discrimination policies, benefits, diversity training and other internal resources for LGBT workers, as well as external support for LGBT consumers and job seekers. Released in early September, the 2010 Corporate Equality Index report is available online.

Many of the 305 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality businesses are featured in HRC’s Buying for Equality guide. The guide provides consumers with ratings of a business’s LGBT inclusiveness. Just weeks ago, HRC released the first-ever Buying for Equality iPhone application. The application can be downloaded here. The guide is also available via text message. Simply text the word SHOP followed by the business or brand to 30644 and the HRC will respond with the companies score.