Thursday, August 30, 2007

"A Lone and Tarnished Star"

470 of the Fortune 500 companies voluntarily include sexual orientation in their employment non-discrimination policies. And the 30 that do not? 13 are in Texas. Why that's just under half!

"When 94% of the FORTUNE 500 Companies and 89% of the public support workplace equality, Congress is derelict by its failure to include GLBTcitizens in federal workplace discrimination protection," stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum. "There is no cost to provide sexual orientation protection.
Corporations and shareholders benefit from a workplace where merit, not intolerance, prevails."

Of the 30 FORTUNE 500 Companies that are noncompliant, 13 (43.3%) are headquartered in Texas. "When it comes to equality, Texas is a lone and tarnished star," Lazin stated.

The United States frequently polls with a much stronger interest in equality and justice than you would think from watching the nightly news. Did you see those figures? 89% of the public support workplace equality.