HRC Cincinnati Workplace Equality

Non-discrimination policies, benefits and other practices that include LGBTQ workers are essential for businesses as they compete for talent and customers. Through pioneering tools like the Corporate Equality Index, HRC works to provide employers the resources they need to improve and promote fairness in the workplace.


Corporate equality Index 2019

Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

In the 2019 CEI report, 571 major businesses — spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

Congratulations to the following Greater Cincinnati Companies that scored 100%

  • Fifth Third Bank Bancorp

  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC

  • General Electric Co.

  • Kroger Company, The

  • Macy’s, Inc.

  • Procter & Gamble

Corporate Equality Index Rating Criteria

  • 1a Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation for all operations (15 points) 1b Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity for all operations (15 points)

  • 2a Equivalency in same- and different-sex spousal medical and soft benefits (10 points) (half credit for parity across some, but not all benefits)

  • 2b Equivalency in same- and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits (10 points) (half credit for parity across some, but not all benefits)

  • 2c Equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care (10 points) (half credit for inclusive coverage, but blanket exclusions for transition-related care remain in place)

  • 3a Three LGBTQ internal training and education best practices (10 points)

  • 3b Employee group or diversity council (10 points) 3c Three distinct efforts of outreach or engagement to broader LGBTQ community, and if supplier diversity program is in place, must include LGBTQ suppliers (15 points)

  • 3d Contractor/supplier non-discrimination standards and philanthropic giving guidelines (5 points)

Learn more about the history of the HRC’s CEI