Chrysler LGBT Workplace Benefits and Policies Score 100 Percent
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) just released its 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which analyzes employers’ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) policies and benefits and gives them a score out of a hundred. (For those not familiar with the equal rights movement, the HRC is the largest civil rights organization in the States and campaigns for equal rights for all U.S. citizens.) Not to anyone’s surprise, Chrysler Group has achieved a 100 percent in this year’s CEI.
Why is it not to anyone’s surprise? Oh, I dunno, maybe because Chrysler has received a 100 percent score eight times since the CEI was established back in 2002—no joke. Hands down, Chrysler is the automaker of choice for pro-equality policies and benefits. But what exactly are these Chrysler LGBT workplace benefits and policies? Chrysler offers full parity for domestic partner benefits (medical coverage, dependent care, retirement, and all other benefits extended to heterosexual domestic partnerships and marriages).
But it doesn’t stop there: Chrysler also takes care of its transgendered workers, providing “coverage for transgender individuals for medically necessary care.” According to Chrysler’s press release, “the HRC notes [that this community] has historically been overlooked,” so Chrysler’s inclusion is monumental.
“Chrysler Group’s longstanding support of our LGBT employees, customers and communities is a source of pride for our entire Company,” reported Georgette Borrego Dulworth, Director, Talent Acquisition & Diversity, Chrysler Group LLC. “Our consistent record of accomplishment providing benefit parity for our LGBT employees represents our core belief that these are not things you do because you have to, but because they are the right things to do.”
Chrysler was one of 303 leading employers to achieve a perfect score out of almost 1,000 employers in the U.S. While 303 sounds like a huge number, that means only 30 percent of the nation’s largest employers extend equal rights to their workers. I hope (and expect) that we will reach nearly 100 percent by the end of the decade, as the country and the world are constantly evolving, becoming more understanding, tolerant, and open-minded.
I certainly believe in the motto, “Put your money where your morals are,” so while I am currently behind the wheel of my faithful Toyota Yaris, Bartleby, I may be looking into a Chrysler product next time around. (I have always had an eye for the Dodge Dart ever since it came to market…) How about you?
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