Six Tennessee-based companies were among the 609 companies nationwide to receive 100 percent on this year’s Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index. The index gauges the extent to which businesses embrace LGBT employees and causes. The Tennessee companies include FedEx; Nissan North America; Eastman Chemical Co.; Unam Group; and two law firms, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.
Getting a perfect score goes beyond having policies extending special employment rights based on a person’s sexual orientation/gender identity. Companies must also be willing to make a financial investment in LGBT causes and provide medical benefits that include sex reassignment treatments. Moreover, the index also deducts 25 points for any business that makes corporate contributions to entities that are deemed to be anti-LGBT.
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