The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released its annual Corporate Equality Index for 2012, giving high scores to many US hotel companies.
The Corporate Equality Index rates employers on the Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 lists for their acceptance of and respect for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, consumers and investors. Companies are invited to participate, and HRCF ratings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies, equal benefits for domestic partners, and respectful advertising and external community outreach.
Scoring 100 are Choice Hotels International, Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
Four hotel companies with a score of 90 are Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and Wynn Resorts, none of which offers employees transgender-inclusive health insurance, according to the foundation.
Other hotels scored are Carlson Companies Inc., 85, for offering just some parity in benefits (-5 points) and no transgender inclusive health insurance (-10 points); InterContinental Hotel Group, 65, receiving minus scores in the following categories: prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression (-15 points), offers transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage (-10 points) and firm-wide organizational competency programs (-10 points); Hilton Hotels Corp., 60, receiving negative scores in the following categories: offers partner health/medical insurance (-15 points); has parity across other ‘soft’ benefits for partners (-5 points or half credit for parity across some but not all benefits); offers transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage (-10 points) and firm-wide organizational competency programs (-10 points); and Host Hotels & Resorts, 30, which scored in two of 10 categories – prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation (+15 points) and offers partner health/medical insurance (+15 points).
For the full report, visit www.hrc.org.