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Group Health wins “Best Places to Work” designation for its treatment of LGBT workers and patients


Group Health has earned a “Best Places to Work” designation from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) after receiving a 100 percent rating on the 2012 Corporate Equity Index.

The index measures how equitably large, private-sector businesses in the United States treat their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees, consumers, and investors.

The perfect score in 2012 is attributed to the addition of Group Health’s LGBT & Allies Staff Resource Group, along with the improved transgender benefits that went into effect in 2011.

The organization was able to achieve a perfect score despite the fact that the HRC has implemented more stringent criteria standards for the designation, Group Health said.

A total of 636 participating employers were rated this year, and only 190 of them received the top rating of 100 percent.

Group Health’s Score:


Policy Description Rating
Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation + 15
Non-discrimination policy includes gender identity and/or expression + 15
Company-provided domestic partner health insurance (including parity in spousal and partner COBRA, dental, vision and domestic partners legal dependent coverage) + 15
Parity in spousal/partner soft benefits (bereavement leave; supplemental life insurance; relocation assistance; adoption assistance; joint/survivor annuity; pre-retirement survivor annuity; retiree healthcare benefits; employee discounts) + 10
Offers equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care + 10
Organizational LGBT cultural competency (diversity trainings, resources or accountability measures) + 10
Company-supported LGBT employee resource group or firm-wide diversity council that includes LGBT issues, OR would support a LGBT employee resource group with company resources if employees expressed an interest + 10
Engages in appropriate and respectful advertising and marketing or sponsors LGBT community events, organizations, or legislative efforts + 15
Engages in action that would undermine the goal of LGBT equality 0
Final Rating 100
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