Gay Rights Group Issues Top Workplaces List

February 1, 2006 ( - The Washington, DC-based Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released a new online ranking of the employers most supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees and consumers.

The Best Places to Work list of more than 100 companies is based on data from the foundation’s 2005 Corporate Equality Index ,an annual report card on corporate America’s treatment of GLBT employees, consumers and investors. Corporations are rated on a scale from zero to 100 on criteria, including protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners and other issues.

“From stocking shelves to managing money to assembling an automobile, job seekers in almost any field can find a fair-minded employer,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese, in a news release . “Best Places to Worklets gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender job seekers know which companies to put at the top of their list. More and more companies understand that employees should have access to the same policies and protections regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

More than 100 companies reached perfect scores this year, with Whole Foods Market being the most recent addition to the list and the only supermarket chain to score 100%, the organization said.