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5 Pa. firms ace awards for gay-friendly practices

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in Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) rates Fortune 500 companies on how well they treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Five Pennsylvania 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.

Three law firms—Philadelphia’s Dechert firm and Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, plus Pittsburgh’s K & L Gates—earned perfect scores. Communications giant Comcast of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh-headquartered PNC Financial Services Group completed the list of Pennsylvania award winners.

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—a worthwhile endeavor that creates a more effective workplace and reduces legal liability.

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