EA, Microsoft, GameStop Among the Best Workplaces for LGBT Staff

EA, Microsoft, GameStop Among the Best Workplaces for LGBT Staff

Electronic Arts, GameSpot, and Microsoft have all earned perfect scores in the Human Rights Commission's Corporate Equality Index for company policies relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

The index looks at four main objective: equal benefits for same-sex partners, ending benefit discrimination for transgender employees and dependents, firm-wide organizational competency on LGBT issues, and firm-wide public commitment to the LGBT community. This is more specifically broken down into the following scoring criteria, with 100 points being a perfect score:

  • Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation (15 points)
  • Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression (15 points)
  • Offers partner health/medical insurance (15 points)
  • Has parity across other “soft” benefits for partners (10 points) (half credit for parity across some, but not all benefits)
  • Offers transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage (10 points)
  • Firm-wide organizational competency programs (10 points)
  • Has employer-supported employee resource group OR firm-wide diversity council (10 points) 
    • Would support ERG if employees express interest (half credit)
  • Positively engages the external LGBT community (15 points) (partial credit of 5 points given for less than 3 efforts)
  • Responsible citizenship employers will have 25 points deducted from their score for a large-scale official or public anti-LGBT blemish on their recent records (-25 points)

This is the 13th year of the Corporate Equality Index, and EA, Microsoft, and GameStop is among a record-high 366 companies to get a perfect score. The index rated a total of 781 organisations, after sending out 1,889 invitations to participate.

EA is well known for its involvement with LGBT pride events and inclusion of LGBT characters in games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age; this is the third year in a row that they've earned a perfect score. Microsoft and GameStop have earned perfect scores multiple times. 

Sony Computer Entertainment America came close with a score of 85, only missing out on the 15 points for positively engaging the external LGBT community.

Source: Human Rights Commission [PDF]


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Comments Comments (3)

Posted by MonkeyMan
On Thursday 27 Nov 2014 2:43 PM
Nice to hear this is a thing
Posted by drunk_monk
On Thursday 27 Nov 2014 3:49 PM
This is wicked news.
Cant fault Sony too hard for "positively engaging the external LGBT community", when they nail all of the other ones ont he head that's a pretty damn good company.

Go Games companies!!!! Woop woop.
Posted by emetic
On Friday 28 Nov 2014 5:11 PM
(and 363 other companies)