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. Launched in March 2016, HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act includes companies with operations in all 50 states, headquarters spanning 33 states and a combined $4.9 trillion in revenue, the 263 companies that make up the coalition employ over 11.6 million people in the United States.

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 spaces and services, and federal funding on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Leading employers that support the passage of the Equality Act:

  • A.T. Kearney Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New Albany, OH
  • Accenture, New York, NY
  • Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA
  • ADP, Roseland, NJ
  • Advance Auto Parts (Advance Holding), Raleigh, NC
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
  • Airbnb Inc., San Francisco, CA 
  • Airbus Americas Inc., Herndon, VA
  • Alaska Airlines, Seattle, WA 
  • Alcoa Corp., Pittsburgh, PA
  • AlixPartners LLP, New York, NY
  • Ally Financial Inc., Detroit, MI
  • Altice USA Inc., Long Island City, NY
  • Altria Group Inc., Richmond, VA
  • Amalgamated Bank, New York, NY
  • Amazon.com Inc., Seattle, WA
  • American Airlines, Fort Worth, TX
  • American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • American Express Company, New York, NY
  • American Express Global Business Travel, New York, NY
  • Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA
  • Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, CA
  • Arconic, New York, NY
  • Ascena Retail Group Inc., Mahwah, NJ 
  • Aspen Skiing Company LLC Aspen, CO
  • Asurion LLC, Nashville, TN
  • AT&T Inc., Dallas, TX
  • Atlassian, San Francisco, CA
  • Bain & Co. Inc./ Bridgespan Group, Boston, MA
  • Bank of America Corp., Charlotte, NC
  • BASF Corp., Florham Park, NJ
  • Bayer U.S. LLC, Whippany, NJ
  • BD, Franklin Lakes, NJ
  • Best Buy Co. Inc., Richfield, MN
  • Biogen, Cambridge, MA
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., San Rafael, CA
  • Bird Rides Inc., Santa Monica, CA
  • Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp., Ridgefield, CT
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, VA
  • Boston Scientific Corp., Marlborough, MA
  • Box Inc., Redwood City, CA
  • Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc., Nashville, TN
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., New York, NY
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., Lake Success, NY
  • Brown-Forman Corp., Louisville, KY
  • Caesars Entertainment Corp., Las Vegas, NV
  • California Water Service Group, San Jose, CA
  • Capital One Financial Corp., McLean, VA
  • Cardinal Health Inc., Dublin, OH
  • Cargill Inc., Wayzata, MN
  • Cengage Learning Inc., Boston, MA
  • Chevron Corp., San Ramon, CA
  • Chobani, Norwich, NY
  • Choice Hotels International Inc., Rockville, MD
  • Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA
  • Citigroup Inc., New York, NY
  • Citrix Systems Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • CME Group Inc., Chicago, IL
  • CNA Financial Corporation, Chicago, IL
  • Coca-Cola Co., The, Atlanta, GA
  • Compass Bancshares Inc. (BBVA Compass), Birmingham, AL
  • Compass, New York, NY
  • Converse Inc., Boston, MA
  • Corning Inc., Corning, NY
  • Cox Enterprises Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • CSAA Insurance Group, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Cummins Inc., Columbus, IN
  • CVS Health Corp., Woonsocket, RI 
  • Danone North America LLC, White Plains, NY 
  • Darden Restaurants Inc., Orlando, FL
  • Dell Technologies Inc., Round Rock, TX
  • Deloitte LLP, New York, NY
  • Delta Air Lines Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., The, New York, NY
  • Diageo North America, Norwalk, CT
  • Dow Chemical Co. The, Midland, MI
  • Dropbox Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DuPont), Wilmington, DE
  • Eastern Bank Corp., Boston, MA
  • Eaton Corp., Cleveland, OH
  • eBay Inc., San Jose, CA
  • Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, MN
  • Edison International, Rosemead, CA
  • EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma, and EMD Performance Materials, Burlington, MA
  • Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY
  • Estée Lauder Companies Inc., The, New York, NY
  • E*TRADE Financial Corp., New York, NY
  • Evolent Health Inc., Arlington, VA
  • Exelon Corp Chicago, IL
  • Expedia Group, Bellevue, WA
  • Facebook Inc., Menlo Park, CA
  • First Data Corp., Atlanta, GA
  • Food Lion, Salisbury, NC
  • Fossil Group Inc., Richardson, TX
  • Gap Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • General Electric Co., Boston, MA
  • General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  • General Motors Co., Detroit, MI
  • GIANT Food Stores LLC, Carlisle, PA
  • Giant of Maryland LLC, Landover, MD
  • Gilead Sciences Inc., Foster City, CA
  • Glassdoor Inc., Mill Valley, CA
  • Google Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, New York, NY
  • Gusto, San Francisco, CA
  • Halstead Real Estate, New York, NY
  • Hannaford Supermarkets, Scarborough, ME
  • HERE North America LLC Chicago, IL
  • Hershey Co., The, Hershey, PA
  • Hess Corp., New York, NY
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Palo Alto, CA
  • Hilton Inc., McLean, VA
  • Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, DC
  • Host Hotels & Resorts Inc., Bethesda, MD
  • HP Inc., Palo Alto, CA
  • HSF Affiliates LLC, Irvine, CA
  • HSN Inc., Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP New York, NY 
  • Hyatt Hotels Corp., Chicago, IL
  • IBM Corp., Armonk, NY
  • IDEX Corp., Lake Forest, IL
  • IHS Markit Ltd., New York, NY
  • IKEA Holding US Inc., Conshohocken, PA
  • Information Resources Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Ingersoll-Rand Company, Davidson, NC
  • Insight Enterprises Inc., Tempe, AZ
  • Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA
  • InterContinental Hotels Group Americas, Atlanta, GA
  • Iron Mountain Inc., Boston, MA 
  • John Hancock Financial Services Inc., Boston, MA
  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co., New York, NY
  • Juniper Networks Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
  • Kabbage Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
  • Keller Williams Realty Inc., Austin, TX
  • Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, MI
  • Kenneth Cole Productions, New York, NY
  • KeyCorp, Cleveland, OH
  • KPMG LLP New York, NY
  • Lendlease Americas Inc., New York, NY
  • Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Linden Research Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Wilmington, NC
  • Lyft Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Macy's Inc., Cincinnati, OH 
  • ManpowerGroup, Milwaukee, WI
  • Marriott International Inc., Bethesda, MD
  • Mars Inc., McLean, VA
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., New York, NY
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., Springfield, MA
  • MasterCard, Purchase, NY
  • McAfee LLC, Santa Clara, CA
  • McKinstry Co. LLC, Seattle, WA
  • Medtronic PLC, Minneapolis, MN
  • Merck, Kenilworth, NJ
  • Meredith Corp., Des Moines, IA
  • MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, NV
  • Micron Technology Inc., Boise, ID
  • Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA
  • MillerCoors LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Taylorsville, NC
  • Mondelez International Inc., Deerfield, IL
  • Moody's Corp., New York, NY
  • Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
  • Morningstar Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • Nasdaq Inc., New York, NY
  • National Grid USA, Waltham, MA
  • Nationwide, Columbus, OH
  • Navient, Wilmington, DE
  • Navigant Consulting Inc. Chicago, IL 
  • Nestlé, Arlington, VA
  • Netflix Inc., Los Gatos, CA
  • Nielsen, New York, NY
  • Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR
  • Nordstrom Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Northrop Grumman Corp., Falls Church, VA
  • Nuance Communications- Burlington, MA 
  • Office Depot Inc., Boca Raton, FL
  • Oracle Corp., Redwood City, CA
  • Owens Corning, Toledo, OH
  • Pariveda Solutions Inc., Dallas, TX
  • Patreon Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Paul Hastings LLP, Los Angeles, CA
  • PayPal Holdings Inc., San Jose, CA
  • PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, NY
  • PetSmart Inc., Phoenix, AZ
  • Pfizer Inc., New York, NY
  • PG&E Corp., San Francisco, CA  
  • Pinterest Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • PNC Financial Services Group Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, Columbus, OH
  • Power Home Remodeling Group LLC, Chester, PA
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York, NY
  • Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, OH
  • Pure Storage Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • PVH Corp., New York, NY
  • QUALCOMM Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Realogy Holdings Corp., Madison, NJ
  • Red Hat Inc., Raleigh, NC
  • Redfin Corp., Seattle, WA
  • RE/MAX LLC, Denver, CO
  • Replacements Ltd., McLeansville, NC
  • Rockwell Automation Inc., Milwaukee, WI
  • Royal Bank of Canada, New York, NY
  • S&P Global Inc., New York, NY
  • Salesforce, San Francisco, CA
  • SAP America Inc., Newtown Square, PA
  • Seagate Technology plc, Cupertino, CA
  • Shire PLC, Lexington, MA
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Kansas City, MO
  • Shutterstock, New York, NY
  • Siemens Corp., Washington, DC
  • Sodexo Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
  • Sony Electronics Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Southwest Airlines Co., Dallas, TX
  • Spotify USA Inc., New York, NY
  • Square Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Stanley Black & Decker Inc., New Britain, CT
  • Starbucks Corp., Seattle, WA
  • SurveyMonkey Inc., San Mateo, CA
  • Symantec Corp., Mountain View, CA
  • Synchrony, Stamford, CT
  • T-Mobile USA Inc., Bellevue, WA
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Deerfield, IL
  • Target Corp., Minneapolis, MN
  • Tech Data Corp., Clearwater, FL
  • Tesla Inc., Palo Alto, CA
  • TD Ameritrade, Omaha, NE
  • TD Bank, N.A., Cherry Hill, NJ
  • TIAA, New York, NY
  • TPG Global LLC, Fort Worth, TX
  • TransUnion, Chicago, IL
  • TripAdvisor Inc., Needham, MA
  • Turner Construction Co., New York, NY
  • Twitter Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • U.S. Bancorp, Minneapolis, MN
  • Uber Technologies Inc., San Francisco, CA 
  • Ultimate Software Group Inc., Weston, FL 
  • Under Armour Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • United Airlines, Chicago, IL
  • United Parcel Service Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Univision Communications Inc., New York, NY
  • Vanguard Group Inc., Malvern, PA
  • Verizon Communications Inc., New York, NY
  • Visa, Foster City, CA
  • Warby Parker, New York, NY
  • Warner Music Group, New York, NY
  • Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco, CA
  • WeddingWire Inc., Chevy Chase, MD
  • Whirlpool Corp. Benton Harbor, MI 
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Workday Inc., Pleasanton, CA
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc., Parsippany, NJ
  • Xerox Corp., Norwalk, CT
  • Xylem Inc., Rye Brook, NY
  • Yelp Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Yext Inc., New York, NY
  • Zillow Group, Seattle, WA 
  • Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., Warsaw, IN

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.”