Changing the Course of History: Best of 2012

Creating a Fair & Equitable Workplace

Your work with HRC brought about greater equality in the workplace in 2012. The annual Corporate Equality Index showed that workplace discrimination protections are the new normal in the business world, while initiatives such as the Municipal Equality Index and the Jewish Organization Equality Index advanced our efforts into new territories. What’s more, businesses came out in record numbers in support of marriage equality.

  • The 2013 CEI saw the largest growth in the survey’s history - with 54 new businesses opting in. A record 99% of companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation; 89% offer domestic partner health care benefits; and 84% prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. An incredible 252 businesses received perfect 100% ratings this year.
  • In its ongoing effort to make workplaces more fair and equal for transgender workers, HRC’s Workplace Project released, “Transgender-Inclusive Health Care Coverage and the Corporate Equality Index.”
  • HRC worked with our Senate champions to secure a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which featured Kylar Broadus, the first transgender person to testify before a Senate committee.
  • In 2012, HRC launched the Municipal Equality Index, the first-ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law. The MEI finds that while many U.S. cities lag behind in protections for LGBT people, some of the most LGBT-friendly policies in the country have been innovated and implemented at the municipal level.
  • The Jewish Organization Equality Index was released in the fall and is the first-ever index of inclusion within a faith-based community. It provides benchmarks for gauging, and resources for improving, LGBT inclusivity policies and practices of North American Jewish communal organizations