AT&T has been named the best place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, the company and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have announced.
This marks the ninth consecutive year AT&T has been bestowed the recognition which the company said is a product of their drive to harness diversity and push for inclusion of these diverse backgrounds in their workforce.
According to the wireless carrier, it scored 100 percent at this year’s HRC Corporate Equality Index.
“At AT&T, diversity and inclusion are business imperatives and key to our continued success,” said the company’s Debbie Storey.
“We’ve seen over and over again that by harnessing the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our global workforce we’re able to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve,” the AT&T senior vice president of talent development and chief diversity officer added.
AT&T has had a long history of being open to its employees’ backgrounds.
The carrier says that it was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to adopt a non-discrimination policy in terms of sexual orientation in 1975.
The company provides the following for its employees apart from other programs:
- Health insurance benefits offered to domestic partners beginning in 1999 and, since 2005, to legally recognized partners.
- Qualified pre-retirement survivor annuity pension offered to spouses and partners.
- Health insurance plan coverage for transition-related treatment of transgender individuals.
- Mandatory training for new hires on AT&T’s non-discrimination policy, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Outreach to the LGBT community including recruiting, marketing, community involvement and support for LGBT equality.
“LEAGUE at AT&T congratulates AT&T on scoring 100 percent for the ninth year on CEI’s ‘Best Places to Work,’” said LEAGUE President Mark Carden.
LEAGUE at AT&T – the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Organization at AT&T – is the first LGBT employee resource group in corporate America as it was founded by AT&T employees in 1987.
“This score reflects the commitment and consistency that AT&T shows in supporting a diverse and safe workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. LEAGUE values the relationship and partnership with AT&T to ensure the company is the best place to work and that it offers the best products and services to our community. We look forward to AT&T continuing to earn this score for years to come,” Carden added.
Watch AT&T’s video below about the LGBT community in its workforce.
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