Best companies for LGBTQ workers
Find a job—and an ally—on this massive list of companies that support LGBTQ equality.
Workplace equality is improving, but some employees, unfortunately, still face discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Finding companies that include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies is a way to identify companies that have made a public commitment to hiring more LGBTQ employees. But there's still a ways to go. In fact, according to a recent Monster survey, 56% of respondents think companies should be doing more to recruit and hire from the LGBTQ community, and nearly 20% think their current employer has a negative attitude toward LGBTQ hiring.
To right that wrong, Monster consulted the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates companies based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality.
The CEI rating criteria have four key pillars in order to be considered among the best companies:
- Non-discrimination policies
- Employment benefits
- Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility including public commitment to LGBTQ equality
- Responsible citizenship
This year, 571 businesses received a top rating of 100%. In addition, gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 85% of Fortune 500 companies, up from just 3% in 2002.
Click through the list below to see the top-rated LGBTQ-friendly companies, many of which currently have jobs on Monster.
Best places to work for LGBTQ equality (organized by industry):
Advertising and marketing
Aerospace and defense
Apparel, fashion, textiles, department stores
Banking and financial services
Chemicals and biotech
Colleges and universities
Computer hardware and office equipment
Consulting and business services
Energy and utilities
Engineering and construction
Entertainment and electronic media
Food, beverages, and groceries
Hotels, resorts, and casinos
Internet services and retailing
Mail and freight delivery
Oil and gas
Real estate, commercial
Retail and consumer products
Transportation and travel
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