New Study Finds Increase in Number of Top Companies and Federal Contractors with Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Policies since 2010

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May 7, 2014

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LOS ANGELES – Ninety-eight percent of the country’s largest companies now prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and nearly 85 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, according to a new study from UCLA’s Williams Institute.  The study also finds that 86 percent of the top 50 federal contractors prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and over 60 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Combined, these contractors represent 48 percent of all contracting dollars awarded by the federal government—over $218 billion in spending.

“The percentages of top companies and federal contractors with both sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination policies have increased since we started tracking these data in 2011,” said Christy Mallory, co-author and Williams Institute Senior Counsel.

A 2011 Williams Institute study, based on 2010 data, found that 44 percent of the top 50 federal contractors and 70 percent of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies prohibited discrimination based on gender identity.  In 2013 those numbers increased to 67 percent of the top 50 federal contractors and 88 percent of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies respectively.  The 2011 study found that 81 percent of the top 50 federal contractors and 96 percent of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Those percentages increased in 2013 to 93 percent and 98 percent, respectively.

This year’s percentages are somewhat lower due to the change in companies that ranked in the top 50 on each list from 2011 to 2013, and not to companies rescinding policies.

“Comparing the 2011 study to the current study, we see a sustained increase in the number of top U.S. companies with gender identity and sexual orientation non-discrimination policies” explained Brad Sears, Executive Director and Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law & Policy at the Williams Institute.

The top ten Fortune 500 companies with gender identify and sexual orientation non-discrimination polices include: Wal-Mart, Chevron, Apple, General Motors, General Electric, Ford Motor, AT&T, Fannie Mae, CVS Caremark, and McKesson. The top ten federal contractors include: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications Holdings, United Technologies, BAE Systems, McKesson, Humana, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

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