AT&T Named Best Place to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Employees
With a 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign, AT&T named best place to work for eighth consecutive year
Dallas, Texas, February 22, 2012
For the eighth consecutive year, AT&T* has been listed in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2012 “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. The recognition follows the result findings from last fall’s HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI), in which AT&T scored 100 percent.
As part of the recognition, AT&T is being listed in HRC Buyer’s Guide, which features the 190 businesses that scored 100 in the 2012 survey.
“We’re proud of our inclusive workforce environment and take HRC’s listing AT&T as a best place to work as recognition that our efforts are on the right track,” said Debbie Storey, AT&T senior vice president of talent development and chief diversity officer. “At AT&T, diversity and inclusion are a business imperative and the key to our future success. We know that only by harnessing the diverse backgrounds and views represented by our workforce will we be able to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve,” she added.
AT&T was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to adopt a non-discrimination policy toward sexual orientation, followed by the adoption of one of the first domestic partner benefits for LGBT employees.
Among others, AT&T offers the following:
- 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.
AT&T’s effort to ensure all employees have the opportunity to be fully included in the company’s mission is further evidenced by its 11 employee resource groups, which offer opportunities for employees to learn, network, collaborate and develop professionally. All of these groups, including LEAGUE at AT&T - the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Organization at AT&T – are supportive partners in AT&T’s business. LEAGUE at AT&T was founded by employees in 1987.