New State of the Workplace Report: Number of Businesses Protecting Transgender Employees Growing
February 12, 2009
Today the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released the latest edition of its State of the Workplace report, our annual report that tracks laws and policies surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Download the latest report here. Here's a quick slideshow that provides an overview of the report, which specifically covers at 2007-2008: (Click "embed" to use this presentation on your site.) Here are some additional highights from the report:
- For the first time, more than 100 cities and counties now prohibit employment discrimination based on both gender identity and sexual orientation. Already, twelve states and the District of Columbia have protections in place. An additional eight states and 80 cities and counties prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation alone.
- Businesses demonstrated overwhelming support for LGBT equality under the law in 2007 and 2008. Several major California businesses publicly and financially opposed Proposition 8 in 2008, and more than 50 major businesses have joined the Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness, which supports passing federal legislation that would add both gender identity and sexual orientation to existing classes protected under federal employment law.
- Currently, 35 percent — a total of 175 — of the Fortune 500 businesses offer gender identity protections, including 60 of the top 100 Fortune-ranked businesses. In 2000, just three of the Fortune 500 businesses had such protections.
- 85 percent of the Fortune 500 businesses now have protections based on sexual orientation, compared to 51 percent in 2000.
- Today, 57 percent — a total of 286 — of the Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits. Since 2006, a majority of Fortune 500 companies have offered benefits to same-sex partners of employees.
- Eighteen of the Fortune 100 now provide transgender-inclusive health insurance, compared to just one in 2001.
Joe Solmonese issued this statement today:
This report shows that the country’s largest and most competitive employers are most likely to have added protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation, setting consistent expectations of equal opportunity for their employees and job applicants regardless of where they work in the United States. Millions of people work in cities, counties and states where discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is still legal. Particularly as so many workers are losing their jobs, no one should have to face the added worry of losing their job simply because of who they are. Employers and lawmakers alike should support the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act to establish clear and consistent expectations that workers should be evaluated based on their ability to do their job — and not based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released the first State of the Workplace report in 1999. To learn more about the HRC Workplace Project, which authored the report, visit www.hrc.org/Workplace.
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