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Top companies offer domestic-partner benefits

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According to a recent report, 286 of Fortune 500 companies provide equal benefits to same-sex couples. What’s more, the better the company performs, the more likely it is to offer benefits that serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers.

The report, by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, found that 85% of the Fortune 500 prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and 35% prohibit bias based on gender identity.

The foundation found that domestic-partner benefits were even more prevalent among employers at the top of the Fortune 500 list. According to the report, “the more successful a business (as defined by the annual Fortune 500 ranking of gross revenue), the more likely it is to include protections for LGBT employees.”

The report said 18 of the Fortune 100 now provide transgender-inclusive health insurance, compared to just one in 2001.

In a statement, Joe Solmonese, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, said, “This report shows that the country’s largest and most competitive employers are most likely to have added protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation, setting consistent expectations of equal opportunity for their employees and job applicants regardless of where they work in the United States.”

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