The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization, included 14 Connecticut companies in its 2015 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report that assesses inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in major companies and law firms.

“When it comes to LGBT equality, corporate America is a leader, not a follower,” said Chad Griffin, the group’s president. “At every turn, from advocating for marriage equality to providing vital support for transgender employees, this country’s leading companies have asked, ‘What more can we do?,’ and they’ve worked tirelessly to achieve new progress.”

The rating is based on non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated results in inclusion, public commitment to equality and responsible citizenship.

LGBT Equality in Corporate Connecticut
Eight of 14 rated companies got a perfect score
Employer Name 2015 CEI Rating
Aetna Inc. 100
Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp. 100
CIGNA Corp. 100
Diageo North America 100
General Electric Co. 100
The Hartford Financial Services Group 100
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide 100
United Technologies Corp. 100
Xerox Corp. 100
Day Pitney LLP 90
FactSet Research Systems Inc. 80
Pitney Bowes Inc. 80
RBS Securities Inc. 75
Praxair Inc. 50
Human Rights Campaign

Griffin said LGBT workers still face major obstacles, despite the gains.

“Too many companies still don’t guarantee these vital workplace protections, and too many LGBT people — transgender people in particular — face high rates of unemployment and discrimination in hiring, keeping them from ever getting a foot in the door in the first place,” he said.

The full report is available on line.

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Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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