Fortune magazine's 500 largest publicly-traded companies, which collectively employ nearly 25 million people, have made significant strides in advancing equal protections and benefits for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. The more successful the company (and the higher the rank on the Fortune list), the more likely the company is to have these protections and benefits in place.
- the vast majority (91 percent) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,
- over three- fourths (83 percent) prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, compared to just three in 2000
The higher a company ranks on Fortune magazine’s list of the most successful businesses, the more likely it is to provide comprehensive protections and benefits to LGBTQ employees. Among Fortune magazine's 10 largest publicly-traded companies:
- all ten prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation,
- all ten prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and