States With LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Best For Employees, Study Finds

States With LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Best For Employees, Study Finds

States with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) anti-discrimination legislation are the best for LGBT employment, an XpertHR report finds.

There are no federal laws on the books specifically addressing the protection of LGBT employment rights. However, 16 states passed such laws.

Each of the 10 states ranked as the best for LGBT employment enacted LGBT anti-discrimination legislation: California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

XpertHR reports its study was “compiled…based on their state specific laws which prohibit discrimination, the availability of same-sex marriage and other benefits, the state laws with regard to hate crimes, and the state’s generally positive working and living climate for LGBTs.”

Of the American-based employers in DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees in 2013, the overwhelming majority are based in states highlighted in XpertHR’s report.

1. Wells Faro (San Francisco, Calif.)

3. Ernst and Young (New York, N.Y.)

4. IBM (Armonk, N.Y.)

6. Deloitte (New York, N.Y.)

7. Time Warner (New York, N.Y.)

8. Toyota Motor North America (New York, N.Y.)

10. PricewaterhouseCoopers (New York, N.Y.)

XpertHR cites the Human Rights Campaign’s similar study. The HRC reports law firms and banking/financial institutions are the most welcoming employers for LGBT.

Among the law firms in 100% compliance with non-discriminatory employment practices for LGBT workers and candidates is McDermott Will & Emery.

“We are proud to have been one of the first major law firms in the legal profession to create gender transition guidelines and provide full health insurance for transgender employees, and to gross-up domestic partner health benefits,” says partner-in-charge of LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Lisa A. Linsky, Esq. in a release.

“Being proactive by creating inclusive workplace policies, hosting programs designed to educate our colleagues about issues of importance to LGBT people and our allies and giving back by supporting LGBT organizations in the communities we serve has lead to a more engaged, motivated workforce which serves to further the mission and values of the firm,” she adds.

Among the Fortune 500, compliance to LGBT inclusion has improved markedly since 2002. The HRC finds 88% of Fortune 500 companies have adopted non-discriminatory policies for employees based on sexual orientation, up from 61% in 2002. In 2013, 57% of Fortune 500 companies endorse gender identity non-discriminatory policies, up from just 3% in 2002.