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 22 states and a combined $ 2.8   trillion in revenue, the 129 companies that make up the coalition employ over  6 .8 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 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
  • ADP, Roseland, NJ
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
  • Airbnb Inc., San Francisco, CA 
  • Alaska Airlines, Seattle, WA 
  • Alcoa Inc., New York, NY
  • Ally Financial, Detroit, MI
  • 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
  • Ascena Retail Group Inc., Mahwah, NJ 
  • A.T Kearney Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Atlassian, San Francisco, CA
  • Bain & Co. Inc., Boston, MA
  • 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
  • Boston Scientific Corp., Marlborough, MA
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., Lake Success, NY
  • Brown-Forman Corp., Louisville, KY
  • CA Technologies Inc., New York, 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
  • Chobani, Norwich, NY
  • Choice Hotels International Inc., Rockville, MD
  • Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA
  • The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, GA
  • Corning Inc., Corning, NY
  • Cox Enterprises Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • CSAA Insurance Group, Walnut Creek, CA
  • CVS Health Corp., Woonsocket, RI 
  • Danone North America LLC, White Plains, NY 
  • 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
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DuPont), Wilmington, DE
  • eBay Inc., San Jose, CA
  • EMC Corp., Hopkinton, MA
  • Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY
  • Exelon Corp Chicago, IL
  • Expedia Group, Bellevue, WA
  • Facebook Inc., Menlo Park, CA
  • Gap Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • General Electric Co., Boston, MA
  • General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  • Glassdoor Inc., Mill Valley, CA
  • Google Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • HERE North America LLC Chicago, IL
  • The Hershey Company, Hershey, PA
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Palo Alto, CA
  • Hilton Inc., McLean, VA
  • HP Inc., Palo Alto, CA
  • HSN Inc., Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP New York, NY 
  • Hyatt Hotels Corp., Chicago, IL
  • IBM Corp., Armonk, NY
  • IKEA Holding US Inc., Conshohocken, PA
  • Insight Enterprises, Tempe, AZ
  • Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA
  • InterContinental Hotels Group Americas, Atlanta, GA
  • Iron Mountain Inc., Boston, MA 
  • 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
  • KPMG LLP New York, NY
  • Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Lendlease Americas Inc., New York, NY
  • Linden Lab Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Lyft Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Macy's Inc., Cincinnati, OH 
  • Marriott International Inc., Bethesda, MD
  • MassMutual, Springfield, MA
  • MasterCard Inc., Purchase, NY
  • Merck, Kenilworth, NJ
  • MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, NV
  • Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Taylorsville, NC
  • Monsanto Co., St. Louis, MO
  • Moody's Corp., New York, NY
  • Nationwide, Columbus, OH
  • Navigant Consulting Inc. Chicago, IL 
  • Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR
  • Northrop Grumman Corp., Falls Church, VA
  • Nuance Communications- Burlington, MA 
  • Office Depot Inc., Boca Raton, FL
  • Oracle Corp., Redwood City, CA
  • Orbitz Worldwide Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Paul Hastings LLP, New York, NY 
  • PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, NY
  • Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, OH
  • Pure Storage Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Replacements Ltd., McLeansville, NC
  • S&P Global Inc., New York, NY
  • Salesforce, San Francisco, CA
  • SAP America Inc., Newtown Square, PA
  • Shire PLC, Lexington, MA
  • Shutterstock, New York, NY
  • Sodexo Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
  • Spotify USA Inc., New York, NY
  • Symantec Corp., Mountain View, CA
  • Synchrony Financial, Stamford, CT
  • T-Mobile USA Inc., Bellevue, WA
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Deerfield, IL
  • Target Corp., Minneapolis, MN
  • Tech Data Corp., Clearwater, FL
  • TIAA, New York, NY
  • TPG Global LLC, Fort Worth, TX
  • Twitter Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Uber Technologies Inc., San Francisco, CA 
  • Ultimate Software Group Inc., Weston, FL 
  • Under Armour Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • Warby Parker, 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
  • Xerox Corp., Norwalk, CT
  • Yelp Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Zillow Group, Seattle, WA 

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.”