Business Coalition for the Equality Act

Filed under: Workplace

The overwhelming majority of America’s leading businesses have already started addressing workplace fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees. But we still need a federal standard that treats all employees the same.

The Business Coalition for the Equality Act is a group of leading U.S. employers that support the Equality Act, federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections to LGBTQ people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law.

The Equality Act creates clear, consistent protections to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment ensuring that LGBTQ employees are hired, fired, and promoted based on their performance. In addition, the bill provides protections from discrimination for LGBTQ people in housing, credit, and jury service. The bill would also prohibit discrimination in public accommodations and federal funding on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Leading employers that support the passage of the Equality Act:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New Albany, OH
  • Accenture, New York, NY
  • Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
  • Airbnb Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Alcoa Inc., New York, NY
  • Amazon.com Inc., Seattle, WA
  • American Airlines, Fort Worth, TX
  • American Eagle Outfitters, Pittsburgh, PA
  • American Express Global Business Travel, New York, NY
  • Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA
  • Arconic, New York, NY
  • Automatic Data Processing Inc.
  • Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
  • Best Buy Co. Inc., Richfield, MN
  • Biogen, Cambridge, MA
  • Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp., Ridgefield, CT
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, VA
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., Lake Success, NY
  • Brown-Forman Corp., Louisville, KY
  • CA Technologies Inc., Islandia, NY
  • Caesars Entertainment Corp., Las Vegas, NV
  • Capital One Financial Corp., McLean, VA
  • Cardinal Health Inc., Dublin, OH
  • Cargill Inc., Wayzata, MN
  • Chevron Corp., San Ramon, CA
  • Choice Hotels International Inc., Rockville, MD
  • Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA
  • The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, GA
  • Corning Inc., Corning, NY
  • CVS Health Corp., Woonsocket, RI
  • Darden Restaurants Inc., Orlando, FL
  • Delhaize America Inc., Salisbury, NC
  • Diageo North America, Norwalk, CT
  • The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI
  • Dropbox Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • EMC Corp., Hopkinton, MA
  • Facebook Inc., Menlo Park, CA
  • Gap Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • General Electric Co., Fairfield, CT
  • General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  • Google Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • The Hershey Company, Hershey, PA
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Palo Alto, CA
  • Hilton Worldwide Inc., McLean, VA
  • HSN Inc., Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Hyatt Hotels Corp., Chicago, IL
  • IBM Corp., Armonk, NY
  • Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA
  • InterContinental Hotels Group Americas, Atlanta, GA
  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co., New York, NY
  • Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
  • Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, MI
  • Kenneth Cole Productions, New York, NY
  • Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Marriott International Inc., Bethesda, MD
  • MasterCard Inc., Purchase, NY
  • McGraw Hill Financial, New York, NY
  • Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Taylorsville, NC
  • Monsanto Co., St. Louis, MO
  • Moody's Corp., New York, NY
  • Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR
  • Northrop Grumman Corp., Falls Church, VA 
  • Office Depot Inc., Boca Raton, FL
  • Oracle Corp., Redwood City, CA
  • Orbitz Worldwide Inc., Chicago, IL
  • PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, NY
  • Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, OH
  • Pure Storage Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Replacements Ltd., McLeansville, NC
  • Salesforce, San Francisco, CA
  • SAP America Inc., Newtown Square, PA
  • Sodexo Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
  • Symantec Corp., Mountain View, CA
  • T-Mobile USA Inc., Bellevue, WA
  • Target Corp., Minneapolis, MN
  • Tech Data Corp., Clearwater, FL
  • TIAA, New York, NY
  • Twitter Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Uber Technologies Inc., San Francisco, CA 
  • Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • WeddingWire Inc., Chevy Chase, MD
  • The WhiteWave Foods Co., Denver, CO
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Xerox Corp., Norwalk, CT

Corporate statements upon introduction of the Equality Act in July 2015: 

STATEMENT BY AMERICAN AIRLINES – “We at American Airlines are proud of our long history of supporting LGBT equality.  Now is the time for full equality for the LGBT community in the United States.  Ensuring fairness in our workplaces and communities is both the right thing to do and simply good business.”

STATEMENT BY APPLE – “At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.”

STATEMENT BY THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY – “Dow applauds the introduction of the Equality Act and continues to support a comprehensive federal framework that ensures fairness and opportunity for everyone.  Full inclusion of our LGBT colleagues and citizens is quite simply the right thing to do – for business and for society.”

STATEMENT BY FACEBOOK –  "We are open and vocal supporters of equality. Ensuring fairness in the workplace is a fundamental principle at Facebook and we support legal protections for LGBT Americans as outlined in the Equality Act.”

STATEMENT BY GENERAL MILLS  – “At General Mills we have a long history of supporting LGBT equality and the time has come in this country for full, federal equality for the LGBT community. Ensuring fairness in our workplaces and communities is both the right thing to do and simply good business.”

STATEMENT BY GOOGLE –  Diverse perspectives, ideas, and cultures lead to the creation of better products and services and ideas. And it’s the right thing to do. That's why we support protections for LGBT individuals as outlined in the Equality Act."

STATEMENT BY LEVI STRAUSS & CO. – “Levi Strauss & Co. is proud to support the Equality Act. We have a long history of supporting LGBT equality, and the time has come in this country for full, federal equality for the LGBT community. Ensuring fairness in our workplaces and communities is both the right thing to do and simply good business.”

STATEMENT BY NIKE –  “At NIKE, we are committed to diversity and inclusion, and we strive to treat our employees equally. We believe that diversity drives innovation and allows us to attract and retain world class talent. We need fair and equitable laws that prevent discrimination, and NIKE supports the Equality Act introduced by Senator Merkley and his colleagues in Congress.  This is another important step in the fight for equality.”