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Five local companies get high marks from HRC

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A week after releasing its ranking of cities, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has graded American corporations on how friendly they are to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees.  The HRC looked at 26 employers in Ohio and gave a perfect score to half of them, including three in Cincinnati.

Search corporations' rankings at the HRC website.

Macy's, Procter & Gamble, and the law firm of Frost Brown Todd were all recognized as being the best places to work for LGBT equality.  Fifth Third Bank received a grade of 90, Kroger had an 85, and Convergys received a score of 55.

The HRC grades companies based on their non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, and public commitment to LGBT issues, among other factors. 

The HRC calls the Corporate Equality Index a list of the “best places to work for LGBT equality."

Nationwide, they graded 781 corporations, 366  received a 100 percent score.  “When it comes to LGBT equality,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a press release, “Corporate America is a leader, not a follower.”  He says employers have advocated for marriage equality and provided support for transgender employees.  “That kind of leadership changes countless lives around this country, and sets an important example to other companies around the globe.”

A week ago, the HRC presented the City of Cincinnati with a trophy for its score of 100 on the Municipal Quality Index.  Last year, Cincinnati received a 90.