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United Airlines top US, LGBT equality index

Gary Hart November 21, 2015

United Airlines scores fifth Consecutive perfect score on leading LGBT Equality Index.

United AirlinesFor the fifth year in a row, United Airlines have notched a perfect 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and earned the label “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” by the prominent civil rights group.

The CEI rates companies based on their workplace policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.

Mike Bonds
Mike Bonds

Mike Bonds, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Relations, said: “At United, our employees represent a rich variety of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.”

“Not only do we embrace the uniqueness of our employees, but we have made it our mission to leverage each individual’s differences and talents to create an inclusive work community that can better serve our global customers.”

In order to receive a CEI score of 100 percent, companies must demonstrate a strong commitment to LGBT-related policies and practices. These include non-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and robust engagement with the LGBT community.

Fully inclusive equal employment, workplace benefits and non-discrimination policies are core to United’s Working Together culture. The airline offers several programs that promote LGBT inclusion and awareness, and it sponsors internal business resource groups that celebrate employees’ cultural differences, cultivate diverse talent and contribute to the company’s performance.

United’s LGBT business resource group, known as EQUAL, is one of the company’s fastest growing and is expanding to several of the airline’s hub cities.

EQUAL provides ongoing networking, advocacy and outreach opportunities for members, and has hosted prominent figures within the LGBT community.

United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers in 2014. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.