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WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign praises Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, for adding gender identity and expression to its employment non-discrimination policy.
The company’s nondiscrimination policy already included sexual orientation.
“What matters in the workplace is how you do your job, not your gender identity or sexual orientation,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said. “As the nation’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart shows that doing the right thing is also good for business. We urge them to continue to move forward by ensuring all of their LGBT employees receive equal benefits.”
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation tracks corporate workplace policies and rates companies on their treatment of LGBT employees through the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI has helped lead a sea-change in the workplaces practices of corporate America by assessing more than 30 specific policies and practices covering nearly every aspect of employment for LGBT workers from non-discrimination protections and the training surrounding those policies to domestic partnership and legal dependent benefits to gender transition guidelines and LGBT employee resource groups. Visit HERE for a complete look at the survey. Last year a record 844 American companies and law firms were rated in the CEI.
“Congress needs to follow their lead and make the Employment Non-Discrimination Act the law of the land,” Solmonese said.