AT&T Ranks No. 2 on the Latina Style 50 Report Recognizing the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S.

LATINA Style Magazine has Recognized AT&T as One of the Best 50 Companies of the Year for Twelve Consecutive Years

Dallas, Texas, August 25, 2009

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AT&T* today announced that it has once again been selected as one of the Top Twelve Companies of the Year by LATINA Style Magazine; ranking No. 2 among the overall list of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work For in the U.S. The annual LATINA Style 50 Report recognizes companies for best meeting the workplace needs and goals of professional Hispanic women.

This is the third time that AT&T has ranked among the top twelve best companies for Latinas. AT&T has been included in the overall LATINA Style 50 Report every year since the list’s inception twelve year ago. Last year, AT&T was selected as the 2008 Company of the Year by LATINA Style for demonstrating remarkable and consistent efforts in the area of diversity and commitment to fostering inclusion in the workplace.

“We’re deeply honored to receive this important recognition,” said Cindy Brinkley, senior vice president of talent development and chief diversity officer at AT&T. “Diversity and inclusion are and will remain top priorities for AT&T. We know that our diverse employee base is what enables us to be innovators – to deliver the best products and services and connect our customers to their worlds.”

The LATINA Style 50 Report is the most respected evaluation of corporate America’s career development opportunities for Latinas. More than 800 of the most prominent corporations in the United States were included in the extensive search.

Companies were evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the main areas of evaluation were number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations.

AT&T’s 50-state workforce is 44 percent female and 39 percent people of color. Hispanics represent 12 percent of the employee base. AT&T is committed to providing training and career development opportunities for its diverse workforce. In 2008, AT&T invested $244 million on employee training and development programs and an additional $25 million on tuition assistance for employees.

The LATINA Style recognition is the latest of many awards AT&T has received for its commitment to diversity and inclusion:

  • No. 2 among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity for commitment to diversity in the workplace and marketplace.
  • No. 1 among DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for African-Americans for long-term commitment to hiring, retaining, compensating and promoting African Americans.
  • No. 8 among DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees.
  • No. 7 among DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention.
  • No. 1 among DiversityBusiness.com’s Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities for the consistency and quality of business opportunities granted to minority- and women-owned companies.
  • One of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise magazine.
  • One of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for AT&T’s fair treatment to lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. AT&T has received a perfect 100 percent score in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index every year since 2004 for its fully inclusive policies that include protection against discrimination, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners and other criteria.

An annual awards ceremony honoring the LATINA Style 50 Companies will take place on February 4, 2010 during LATINA Style’s Diversity Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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