Each year the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) rates Fortune 500 companies on how well they treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Nine Ohio firms couldn’t have scored any better, earning perfect 100s from the gay-rights advocacy organization.
HRC rates companies on whether they provide equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses, offer equal benefits to transgender employees and dependents and demonstrate organizational competency on LGBT issues and public commitment to the LGBT community.
Two Cleveland-based law firms—Squire Sanders and Thompson Hine—received perfect scores, as did Columbus-based Limited Brands, the parent company of retail brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.
Other top scorers included Nationwide Insurance of Columbus and Mayfield Village’s Progressive Insurance. Progressive also earned the designation “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
Cleveland banking conglomerate Key Corp., Owens-Corning of Toledo, Abercrombie & Fitch of Columbus and Dublin’s Cardinal Health rounded out the list.
Note: Awards such as these can bolster a firm’s public image and make it easier to recruit the best talent, but the benefits go deeper than that. To win, employers must continually monitor and update their practices, which creates a more effective workplace and reduces legal liability.