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LGBTQ Corporate Equality Focused Employers Want to Hire You

Many corporations and other employers who focus on LGBTQ Corporate Equality are actively seeking you to join their organization. They are working hard to develop and maintain an LGBTQ friendly workplace that celebrates diversity, inclusion. Many studies have proven that doing so helps the company thrive by increasing productivity, creative problem solving and its financial bottom line.

Add your LGBTQ professional profile on OutBüro (OutBuro.com) and complete it as much as possible to unlock all the online community features. Indicate your if you are passively or actively seeking a new job opportunity, your willingness to trave and your willingness to relocate. It makes it easy for recruiters to find just the candidate they are looking for – YOU.

When logged into your OutBüro account you will see your community navigation area in the right column.

Current Employment Status

1. Choose About to view your professional profile.

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2. Scroll down to find the Current Employment Status area and then Click the Edit button.

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3. Make the appropriate choices.

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4. Click the blue Save button.

5. As with nearly every profile field, you have control over the level of visibility of each. The button label will display the current setting and by clicking it you may make a change if you desire. The choices are:

  • Public (non-logged-in site visitor may be able to see it although we require persons to be registered and logged in to view all areas of the community features)
  • Site Members
  • Friends Only
  • Only Me
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Willingness to Relocate

Once on your profile About page via the steps above, scroll to find the Willingness to Relocate section, choose Edit, make your selection and click Save.

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Willingness to Travel

Once on your profile About page via the steps above, scroll to find the Willingness to Travel section, choose Edit, make your selection and click Save.

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Complete at least 50% of your profile fields to unlock all the site’s community features.

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Hilton – Named #1 Workplace for Diversity

Hilton has been recognized as the #1 best workplace for Diversity and Inclusion just one week after also being ranked the #1 best workplace for Parents by Great Places to Work. These extraordinary acknowledgments underscore the sense of family and belonging that are the foundation of outstanding workplace culture.

Hilton offers programs to help all Team Members – both hourly and salaried – thrive personally and professionally. Benefits supporting working parents include flexible working environments, parental leaveadoption assistance, GED support, and 10-day advanced scheduling that provides hotel Team Members the flexibility to plan their lives.

“At Hilton, we know how important it is to create a great place to work for all, so that our workforce can truly reflect and connect with the communities where we live and work,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president & CEO of Hilton. “I hear inspiring stories every day about the experiences our Team Members have with us, and it’s clear by investing in our Hilton family, we are making the world a better place for our Team Members and guests.”

Programs that foster diversity and inclusion include Team Member Resource Groups, Regional Inclusion Groups, Leadership and Career Development Tools and supplier diversity programs that has allowed Hilton to cultivate relationships with more than 3,000 women-, minority-, Veteran-, and LGBTQ-owned businesses.

“We’re deeply committed to recruiting and retaining Team Members who represent many different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives,” said Matthew W. Schuyler, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton. “Our goal is to be the most hospitable company in the world and the most inclusive place to work. Empowering a diverse workforce is fundamental to our success.”

These recognitions demonstrate Hilton’s ongoing journey to create a great place to work for all. Recent distinctions include: #2 on the World’s Best Workplaces list, #14th Best Workplace for Women in the U.S. and a Best Workplace for Millennials in Italy (#6). Hilton has also been recognized as a “Great Place To Work” in 12 countries: Australia (#4) China (#6), Colombia (#12), India (#18), Italy (#2), Netherlands (#11), Peru (#3), Turkey (#2), United Arab Emirates (#7), United Kingdom (#6), Mexico (#4), Brazil (#17) and United States (#33).

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 15 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 82 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube.

Contacts

Alison Scott, Hilton
703.883.6638
Alison.Scott@hilton.com

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Resources for LGBTQ Employees

As a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and heteroflexible employee you can face discrimination, harassment, paid less, passed over for advancement, and other challenges in many forms at work.  Studies have shown that facing such challenges can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems that need to be addressed so that you can live a full and productive life both at work and in your private time.  Sometimes you suffer in silence and just look for another job.  Other times if severe enough it can lead to even more complexities through an LGBT discrimination court case.

I know, you know and now a study shows that being LGBTQ through our life experiences and dedication make outstanding management potential.   Also that no matter what role we play as an employee, a company that values you fully as an LGBTQ person has a lot to gain from you individually and collectively as a group of unique perspectives and value.

A Broken Bargain is a report examining the many hardships and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers across the country, written in collaboration between the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

LGBTQ Resources on OutBüro

Be a Voice for Change

Naturally, we hope you’ve had great work experiences.  Maybe it’s been indifferent.  Maybe you’ve had some great work environments mixed in with some bad experiences.  Your employer experiences can now be a voice for change.  Best yet you may do so anonymously on OutBüro.   You can review/rate your current and recent past (up to 5 years past) employers on OutBüro providing the companies valuable insight into the issues in their company affecting LGBTQ employees and what they need to change to create an inclusive and welcoming environment.  Further, you’ll be providing insights into the workplace for potential future LGBTQ employees considering those companies as employers.

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Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbiansgay menbisexualstransgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it does not charge its clients for legal representation or advocacy, and it receives no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.

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The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. We brought our first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does. With our reach into the courts and legislatures of every state, there is no other organization that can match our record of making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion.

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CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers.  The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues.

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Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

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HRC works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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Legal Aid at Work -Employment Law Center’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program is dedicated to promoting gender equity and advancing the rights of low-wage women and families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, pregnant women, caregivers, military families and veterans, and other under-represented workers and students.  Legal Aid at Work provides workshops, information resources, legal counsel, legal representation in class and individual cases and advocates policy change.

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Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer workplace equality.

We partner with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments.

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(NCLR)  was the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and our community’s most vulnerable.

Since 1977, NCLR has been at the forefront of advancing the civil and human rights of our full LGBTQ community and their families through impact litigation, public policy, and public education. Decades ago, NCLR led the way by establishing the first LGBTQ Immigration Project, Transgender Rights Project, Youth Project, Elder Law Project, and began working to end conversion therapy through what is now the Born Perfect campaign.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to create an organization that could support LGBT business owners and showcases the diversity of talent in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center, founded in 1996, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, we operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the LGBT National Senior Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

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Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. We are an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community to further social and economic justice. From our national office in Washington, DC, we coordinate and support more than 20 Chapters across the country.

We seek full equality for LGBTQ Workers in our workplaces and unions. We work towards creating a Labor Movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity. We aim to educate the LGBTQ Community about the benefits of a union contract for LGBTQ working people, and to build support and solidarity for the union movement in the LGBTQ community.

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The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.


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Survey – Not a Single Philippine Company is LGBTQ Inclusive

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There are zero LGBTQ diversity and inclusive supportive Philippine companies as found by a recent survey study according to a study conducted by the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce with the support of the research firm Cogneica and the Netherlands.  What they did find is that the only companies in the Philippines to offer gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer employees any level of inclusive policies and benefits are all foreign-owned businesses.  Of these small number of companies, everyone is a business process outsourcer leaving the opportunity for Philippine employees a diverse range of employment while feeling safe and welcomed at work is dismal.  To start A recent study found that internationally even being perceived as LGBTQ can impact your ability to get hired, get promoted and even if hired the salary the employer decides you are worth is typically far reduced than what they pay a perceived heterosexual.  Another recent study found that on average  72% of LGBTQ people report experiencing unhealthy stress due to anti-LGBTQ hostile work environments experiencing discrimination in its many ways.

Sexuality, gender identity or expression (SOGIE) LGBTQ friendly policies and benefits have been proven to be good for business.  Naturally, around the world and Philippines being no different, there are long-standing cultural biases to move beyond and grow from.  The work that the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce is doing is outstanding.

Part of that work was conducting the Philippine Corporate SOGIE Diversity & Inclusiveness Index 2018 which surveyed 100 companies which employ a total of 267,231 people.  Of the 56 companies and government agencies that responded not a single one has any form of an LGBTQ anti-discrimination policy nor did they indicate any plans to change their policies in the forthcoming 5 years.

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LGBTQ anti-discrimination law

Brian Tenorio, Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, said the survey was a ‘wake up call’ to enact the Philippines’, LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Bill.  Meanwhile, Senate Bill No. 1271 has been stalling in the Senate for almost 2 years.  When passed, the new anti-discrimination law would make it illegal to deny access to public services, hire or dismiss, impede access to education, or harass a person based on sexuality, gender identity or expression.  That is and will progress considering even in the United States nearly half the states do not provide full LGBT legal protection.

Without LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws, LGBT+ professionals continue to face harassment, discrimination, prejudice, and bigotry without any recourse every day.

This report shines light on the problem and the scope.  It can be leveraged to help to create change toward equality and fair treatment of all employees.

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Plans for change

#ZEROto100PH plans to work hard to get 100 companies to pledge their commitment to make their businesses LGBT-inclusive with non-discrimination and equal employment policies, education, and benefits.  They will educate the companies on the benefits of being LGBTQ inclusive and welcoming and leverage international resources to make it happen.

About the LGBT Philippine Chamber of Commerce

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an industry organization of businesses of, by, and for the LGBT in the Philippines. The main bottom line of the organization is good business and national economic development via the efforts of its LGBT members.  They offer a diverse range of programs for their members.

About Cogencia

Based in the Philippines, Cogencia provides strategic insights to business and organizations.  Their end-to-end market, social and stakeholder services cover the entire delivery cycle from planning to implementation.  They support an organization’s effectivity, growth, and expansion through market insights, in-house research, and strategic capabilities.


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Best European Countries for LGBTQ Professionals to Live and Work

Globally, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and heteroflexible equality rights, protections, and benefits differ greatly from country to country.  Even in the U.S. over half the states do not provide LGBTQ legal protections.   A recent study found that even being perceived as LGBTQ can impact your ability to get hired, get promoted and even if hired the salary the employer decides you are worth is typically less than what they’d offer a perceived heterosexual.

LGBTQ professionals may have great experience to bring to their next employer that is based on volunteer or paid work they performed at an LGBTQ non-profit.  The gay/lesbian professional has to decide if to be out on their resume to best represent that experience to land that new job.  They have to consider the current work environment and if the new work environment will not only a great career move but also if it will be free from harassment and discrimination.  Often they have to put up with “less will be better”.  With all the study backed data, it is no wonder that  72% of LGBTQ people report experiencing unhealthy stress due to un-supportive and sometimes hostile work environments through discrimination in its many forms. No matter the political landscape where you do business, your company can establish policies and benefits to support your LGBTQ employees and reap the benefits as a company.

Initiated by the European Court of Justice’s recent call for same-sex spouses to receive residential rights in all European countries, the study conducted an extensive review of the 26 different European countries to assess the landscape of right and quality of life for LGBTQ citizens.

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Malta – Number 1 Best European Country for LGBTQ Professionals to Live and Work

For this study, researchers considered a wide array of important issues such as:

  • LGBTQ inclusive employment rights
  • Laws protecting sexual orientation and gender expression
  • fair and equal housing laws
  • housing rental costs
  • LGBT hate crime rates

Top 5

  1. Malta
  2. Denmark
  3. Croatia
  4. Austria
  5. Spain

Malta – Lots of Reasons it is Number 1

Malta sored to the top of the ranking to claim the title of the best place to work and live if you’re LGBTQ+ professional.  Malta has the second lowest unemployment rate in Europe, coupled with its well-known nightlife for letting loose over the weekend.  It is one of Central Europe’s fastest growing tech scene, and the most extensive laws to protect their LGBTQ+ residents.  In addition, Malta believes in work-life balance providing the highest minimum amount of annual paid leave and bank holidays of 38 days combined.

Bottom 5

26. Latvia

25. Bulgaria

24. Italy

23. Lithuania

22. Ireland

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From these various facts and figures, they then allocated each country with a ‘rainbow score’ to determine which would be the best options for young, travel-hungry LGBT+ professionals.

The United Kingdom also featured in the top 10, although close neighboring countries including Spain, France, and Germany all boasted a higher ‘rainbow score’ – a fact which can probably be attributed to rising rental prices and overall cost of living.

Researchers also note that city-wide legislation protecting against hate crime in the UK hasn’t been implemented nationally, also contributing to its comparatively low rating.

Meanwhile, countries like Italy – known for its repeated refusals to recognize same-sex marriage – and Latvia – officially the worst, a fact which has been acknowledged in the past – populate the bottom end of the list. Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Ireland all round out the lowest five, proving that there’s still work to be done in order to make Europe truly LGBT+-friendly.


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BBC – Improving Environment and Culture for LGBTQ Employees

To grow and thrive as a company it’s imperative to continually openly assess, reflect and adapt.  A review of career progression and culture for LGBT employees at the BBC – one of five reviews set up to promote inclusion – found that while LGBT staff generally see the BBC as a good place to work, a number of small changes to working culture could improve their experience.

Currently, 11 percent of the BBC’s workforce and 12 percent of its leaders identify as LGBT, the highest representation of any UK broadcaster. The review undertook in-depth research on what working at the BBC feels like for LGBT staff.

BBC LGBTQ staff are encouraged to join OutBüro to provide anonymous company reviews from their unique LGBTQ employee perspective.  Their reviews on OutBüro will provide valuable insights for future potential candidates seeking to work at BBC.

Informed by 300 staff and input from Stonewall, the review made ten recommendations. They have already been accepted by the BBC’s Executive Committee and are designed to:

  • Educate leaders and staff about what’s important to LGBTQ employees
  • Increase the prominence of LGBT@ staff, role models and the BBC Pride network
  • Empower LGBT staff to be comfortable about being open at work

The review’s findings include a perception that younger staff feel freer to share more of their life at work in comparison to older staff and that, while important parts of the BBC’s output such as many of the programmes in last year’s Gay Britannia season, present balanced and supportive debates on LGBT issues, more could be done to make the BBC’s corporate support for the LGBT community clear.

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Specific recommendations include building a network of straight allies who actively promote the LGBT community in the BBC – an initiative which has been successful at several other major employers – organizing more internal campaigns supporting the

LGBT community and providing guidance for managers supporting transgender staff, particularly when those staff are transitioning.

As well as supporting current LGBT staff to reach their potential, the changes are designed to make sure the BBC continues to attract the best talent from across the world and remains relevant with younger audiences who, according to a 2015 YouGov survey, are far less likely to identify as completely heterosexual.

Project sponsor James Purnell, BBC Director of Radio & Education, says: ”We’re aiming to create the most open, inclusive culture we can. These recommendations reflect what our staff has said and we will now implement them to give all LGBT staff the chance to flourish.”

Co-Chairs of the BBC Pride Network, Karen Millington and Matt Weaver said: “We think each of the ten recommendations has the potential to make the BBC a more inclusive workplace, giving everyone the opportunity to do their best work. Although we hope the recommendations will positively impact everyone across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, we are particularly excited about the proposal for providing better support for our transgender colleagues and improving visibility with role models throughout the business.”

This review is one of a number of culture and career progression projects which have also looked at gender, ethnicity, disability, and socio-economic diversity. Action to be taken to support women and staff from BAME backgrounds has already been published, with the result of the socio-economic diversity and disability reports due soon. Recommendations from these workstreams overlap and will be brought together in one delivery plan to support the career progression of staff across the BBC.

The BBC Pride Network is an active and integral part of the company diversity and inclusive work culture.  To learn more find the BBC Pride Network on Twitter and Facebook

The BBC’s Equality Information Report for 2017/18 can be found here


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5 Ways You Should Be Using OutBüro as an Employer

You likely already know that being an LGBTQ friendly employer is great for your business work culture and financial bottom line. OutBüro can be a tremendous resource to help you attract and grab top-tier gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) talent. OutBüro was launched in mid-2018 by Dennis Velco leveraging the over 10 years of founding, growing, and moderating LinkedIn’s largest LGBT professional networking group with 45,000 global members. A large focus of OutBüro is to be growing resource for candidates to use the site to research employers, write and read reviews, network with other professionals, and find new job opportunities with LGBTQ inclusive and friendly employers. As an employer, effectively managing your organization’s presence on OutBüro can help you put your best foot forward with these candidates and support your HRC Corporate Equality Index scoring if on or seeking to be on that listing.

Check out a recent article about OutBüro on Forbes.com titled, “How OutBuro.com is Leading the Way for Career-Minded Employees”.

1. Showcase your company brand

If you haven’t done so already, sign up for a free user account and complete your personal professional profile. Afterward, you may either add the company for free with limited features or for a small fee add the company with full features and control of the company content. The full-featured listing allows you to indicate the LGBTQ inclusive benefits and policies you provide no matter your company size. For companies already on the HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI) this is another opportunity for you to demonstrate you diverse, inclusive and welcoming work environment. For companies out of HRC’s scope, this is your opportunity to publicly show your support for your LGBTQ employees no matter your company size or location worldwide.

Full company listings provide the ability for a robust company description, photos, videos, social media links, and opportunity to showcase your LGBTQ inclusive policies, your employees and more.

2. Invite LGBTQ Employees to Rate Your Company

Get the accolades you deserve for making your company an awesome place to work. After your company listing is established, invite all your employees to come to OutBüro and rate your company from their unique LGBTQ perspective. This will demonstrate that in addition to having policies, your company is an outstanding place to work as an LGBTQ employee. This will be a great insight for future potential candidates and entice them to apply for your jobs. You are free to be creative and leverage postings on our site. Or contact us for employee marketing collateral about OutBüro.

The site is self-governing meaning inappropriate postings may be flagged for review. We also have company review guidelines and community standards.

Monitor and respond to reviews and interview feedback

OutBüro is the go-to and only site for employer reviews by LGBTQ employee. Launched in mid-2018 the site is growing. As members discover and read reviews at the start of their job search prior to speaking with a company recruiter or hiring manager you have the opportunity in influence their decision to work for your company knowing it is a welcoming and safe workplace that promotes diversity and inclusion.

Make it a point to monitor and respond to reviews and feedback on reviews as they are posted. Thank people for their time spent submitting a review, whether it is positive or negative overall, and address any complaints mentioned. While some complaints may be valid opportunities for improvement, others may be a matter of culture fit—so do your best to be transparent. Most job seekers find the employer perspective useful when learning about a company, and the majority say their perception of a company improves after seeing the company respond to a review.

3. Post Jobs

To achieve and maintain a 100% score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index the 2019 scoring requirements companies must now demonstrate they are actively recruiting within the LGBTQ community (requirement 3.C.1). OutBüro can be an active part when LGBTQ candidates are researching your employer brand, make it easy for them to find relevant job opportunities right on OutBüro. Users are either promote themselves professionally through connection and blogging on OutBüro, actively looking for jobs or would consider better opportunities. Since candidates have often researched organizations before submitting an application on general sites provide them the opportunity to learn more about you LGBTQ friendly work environment on OutBüro. They tend to be higher quality than those from other job boards who “spray and pray.”

Contact us to learn about our ability to capture your job posting directly from your current company job portal or provide a data feed.

4. Launch a Company Group

Start a group on OutBüro for current, past, and prospective employees no matter the company size. For large dispersed organizations, it is a great way for employees to connect while choosing their level of being public or anonymous off the company own network. Be the first to start another group about your industry to guide and shape the dialog as a leader.

5. Post Content

Increase your brand awareness with LGBTQ professionals. With a free OutBüro user account you may post content directly to our blog from your profile. Consider posting content such as press releases, industry news, LGBTQ employee profile features, LGBTQ employee resource group news, and events.

Conclusion

OutBüro is a growing valuable tool for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer professionals for networking and as passive or active job seekers. It is also a quite valuable tool for employers. Candidates use the site to determine where they are interested in working, and your presence there can be the difference between attracting a top-tier candidate or losing them to a competitor.


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Study: Occurrences of LGBT Workplace Discrimination Cases in the USA

In 2017, reversing prior Department of Justice policy, the Trump administration proclaimed employment discrimination protections do not extend to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in the workplace. At the same time, several lawsuits alleging employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation are winding their way through the federal court system with mixed results based on this uncertainty.  These legal disputes will continue to play out nationally as the current cases proceed as new cases are brought forth.

To examine this further, statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides insights into complaints related to gender identity and sexual orientation in recent years. It demonstrates how LGBTQ people are increasingly willing to step forward and make formal legal complaints, the increase in frequency they happen along with their success rate at winning their discrimination cases.

Taking a look first at geographical patterns of EEOC charges citing sexual orientation or gender identity the regional differences are easily apparent, with a heavy concentration in the Southern states. Georgia and Mississippi was near the top of the list, with roughly four charges per 100,000 residents each.  Based on those states current policy records on LGBTQ issues it’s not surprising.  These states lag far behind the rest of the country in terms of legal protections for gay. lesbian, bisexual,  transgender, queer people.

What was a bit of a surprise is that Washington, D.C., had the most complaints related to gender identity and sexual orientation per capita, even though it has a long history of activism by LGBTQ community in the nation’s capital.

From 2014 to 2017, legal charges of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation were significantly more common than allegations of gender identity discrimination. Thatis is not surprising and seems to reflect the relative size of the respective communities. While estimates of the transgender population vary, a greater number of people identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. In a small portion of cases (roughly 3%) complainants alleged both sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination together.

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Cumulatively, LGBTQ-related discrimination complaints increased substantially between 2014 and 2015 and continued to rise between 2015 and 2016. In 2017, however, complaints declined slightly from 2016. That statistic provides an interesting counternarrative to research suggesting a surge in anti-LGBTQ sentiment among heterosexual people in 2017. But this decline could also be attributable to hesitation on the part of the LGBTQ community to file complaints with the EEOC, given the uncertainty of protections under the Trump administration and the media attention anti-LGBT action receives.

Equality: A Work in Progress

This study suggests hundreds of thousands of people encounter workplace discrimination each year on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Although discrimination is clearly unacceptable in any professional setting, the volume of these charges may indicate LGBTQ empowerment. Rather than suffering in silence, LGBTQ employees are making use of a valuable legal resource to claim their rights for equality. Although discrimination remains an unfortunate part of America’s employment landscape, we should celebrate those with the courage to combat it.

One way to combat discrimination even if you as an employee don’t feel comfortable making is making it publically known by joining OutBüro for free, then adding the company to the directory and rating it anonymously.  Your feedback will be helpful to the company and to countless future prospective LGBT job seekers considering working there.  See this article for more information: Be a Superhero – Your Voice has the Power to Create Change

The research calls for employers to break the culture of silence that surrounds discrimination and harassment.  Check out the below article for more information:


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72% of LGBT People Experience Mental Health Issues Due to Work Environment

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Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees still face workplace discrimination, harassment, and limitations on their career due to their sexuality.  From this is common to experience mental distress caused by the employer and coworkers.  The survey, conducted by YouGov and sponsored in part by Mercer, was published ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10th) and shows LGBT people are disproportionately affected by mental health issues.

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Nearly three-quarters of LGBT people have experienced mental health issues because of work according to the poll, commissioned by Business in the Community with HR firm Mercer, which found 72 percent of LGBT people have experienced various levels of mental distress as a result of work/work environment.  that 20% of bisexual employees said they had hidden their identity (Creative Commons)  Further the poll found that  26% of LGBT employees said they had hidden their identity at work in the last year because they were afraid of discrimination, it also found. For many, this causes them to remain in the closet and validated by the results show only 60 percent of LGBT employees feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation at work, while 32 percent of managers have disguised that they are LGBT due to fear of discrimination.  This is collaborated by a separate study by HRC showing that the majority of LGBT workers closeted on the job.

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This represented just a four percent drop from HRC’s 2008 Degrees of Equality report, which was created before Barack Obama’s presidency, before same-sex marriage was legalized across the US and before transgender rights became a prominent issue in the civil rights struggle.

  • 53% said they had heard jokes about lesbian or gay people at every few months at work
  • 20% queer employees reported to HRC that they had been told or had colleagues imply that they should dress in a more feminine or masculine manner.
  • Nearly 33% LGBT+ people said they had felt unhappy or depressed at work.
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT employees are more than twice as likely as white employees to have experienced negativity from customers and clients (23 percent compared to 11 percent).
  • 7% have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the last year, rising to 15 percent of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, 20%of non-binary people

The research calls for employers to break the culture of silence that surrounds mental health and to invest in basic mental health literacy for all employees.


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20 Companies that Value LGBTQ Equality

Corporate America can be a champion for LGBTQ equality when they demonstrate their true commitment by providing but not limited to the following:

  • Core company values with supportive work cultures
  • LGBT policies and benefits
  • Public support and marketing campaigns
  • Proactive LGBT candidate recruiting,
  • Commitment to a safe and accepting workplace
  • Have and support LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups

It’s important to know what companies are advocating for LGBTQ employee equality, especially if you identify as LGBTQ and looking for an employer that is going to welcome and support you for who you are.

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LGBTQ Employees – Your Work Experience and Voice Wanted

Check out the growing listing of companies on OutBüro where such information is provided by your LGBTQ peers. Take a few moments and add a review/rating of your current or recent past employers so that other job seekers will know what your experience was working there from your LGBTQ perspective. Joining the site and adding any company, large or small, is free for all employees. Your rating/review is also anonymous. Just provide high-level details in accordance with the Company Review Guidelines. Help change the companies through awareness and provide valuable information for the LGBTQ community.

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20 Companies Advocating LGBTQ Employee Equality

Accenture

How Accenture supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Community involvement with co-workers
  • LGBTQ employee resource groups
  • Promoting local advocacy
  • Their motto is “Be your authentic self.” They offer professional development, LGBTQ inclusive policies, recruitment and retention guidelines, equal benefits as well as a global Ally program with more than 24,000 members. Follow #PrideAtAccenture on Facebook and Twitter.

Apple

How Apple supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Apple is dedicated to diversity and inclusion with half their new hires being from underrepresented groups. They have a concerted effort to identify and attract qualified LGBTQ candidates constantly working to hire more diverse workers.
  • Apple has been rated by HRC’s Corporate Equality Index as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” for 15 consecutive years.
  • Apple leverages their voice to advocate for LGBTQ rights and freedom around the world. They have also partnered with major organizations such as such as The Trevor Project, GLSEN, PFLAG, and ILGA on project to promote LGBTQ equality.

AT&T

How AT&T supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Supports organizations and projects that strengthen the LGBTQ community
  • Consistently ranks on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index “Best Places to Work”
  • Established the first and longest active LGBT Employee Resource Group in the United State
  • Was one of the first to offer LGBTQ employees domestic partner benefits
  • One of the first U.S. corporations to offer Transgender-inclusive health care benefits

Baker McKensie

How Baker McKensie supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Baker McKensie is committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite-sex partners or spouses.
  • Baker McKensie provides pro bono work and pushes for LGBTI inclusion, diversity, and anti-discrimination policies. They state – “Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression,”

Coca-Cola

How Coca-Cola supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Was among the first to support the new U.N. standards for LGBTI rights.
  • Supports an active LGBTQA Business Resource Group (BRG) in operation for almost 15 years
  • Partnered with the Human Rights Campaign and has a perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • Coca-Cola has been at the forefront of ensuring equality for its LGBTQ associates.
  • In 2011, the company began offering transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage
  • In 2015 it began assisting with the costs of taxes imposed on eligible U.S. employees whose same-sex spouse or partner was enrolled in health benefits and who lived in states that did not recognize same-sex marriage.

EY (Ernst & Young)

How EY supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • EY is active in its community promoting and supporting top LGBTQ organizations.
  • EY’s LGBT community globally through Unity, our professional network for LGBT professionals and their straight allies. Offers Equality benefits such as spousal equivalent domestic partner recognition, gender transition coverage, and tax gross-up on domestic partner benefits.
  • Unity has more than 1,600 members globally, hailing from all four of EY’s geographic Areas (Americas, Asia-Pacific, EMEIA [Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa] and Japan).

Gap Inc.

How Gap supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • A 50-year history of promoting equality for all, Gap Inc. kicked off Pride Month with opportunities for employees and customers to celebrate through Pride parades, colorful window displays and special product from the brands.
  • Active support of LGBT rights and partners with organizations such as GLAAD for campaigns.

Google

How Google supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Partnerships with LGBTI organizations that protect workers against employment discrimination.
  • Promotes inclusion in marketing campaigns.
  • The Gayglers, the company LGBTQ employee resource group, is comprised of LGBT Googlers and their allies.
  • Gayglers group not only leads the way in celebrating Pride around the world but also informs programs and policies, so that Google remains a workplace that works for everyone.

HP Inc.

How HP supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • HP was the first company to start an Employee Resource Group for LGBTQ employees.
  • HP operates with a Human Rights and Labor Policy to commit to fair treatment of all its employees.
  • From our earliest days, we’ve recognized that capturing and drawing from diverse points of view improves our products and services — and our company as a whole.
  • HP innovation springs from a team of individuals, each collaborating and contributing their own perspectives, knowledge, and experience to advance the way the world works and lives.

Hyatt

How Hyatt supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Hyatt earned 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • Hyatt is publically committed to diversity and inclusion for all by promoting individuality and protecting employees against discrimination.
  • Hyatt also offers LGBTQ benefits such as equivalent spousal and partner benefits and transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage.
  • Hyatt is committed 100% to the LGBT community, and we are not shy to show this in everything we represent from our employees, customers and the global community.
  • Hyatt was also the first major hotel company to offer domestic partner benefits over two decades ago and has included sexual orientation in our Equal Employment Opportunity policy since 2000, as well as gender identity since 2002.

IBM

How IBM supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • IBM contributes to a variety of LGBTI organizations locally and nationally.
  • IBM established an equal pay and equal opportunity act well before the Civil Rights Act.
  • IBM was among the first companies to include sexual orientation as part of our Equal Opportunity policy
  • IBM extended domestic partner benefits to gay and lesbian employees in the U.S. almost 20 years ago.
  • IBM now offers a variety of benefits in 53 countries to same-gender domestic partners or spouses.
  • In 2017 IBM announced the launch of same-gender partner benefits in 11 countries.

IKEA Group

How IKEA supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • IKEA developed fully inclusive work environments.
  • IKEA is known for having more than half its workforce made of minorities and 47% of its employees are women.
  • Each company location has its own diversity and inclusion ambassador.
  • On May 17, 2018, IKEA Group celebrated IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia) to stand up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • In 2018, IKEA’s focus is on transgender inclusion.

Johnson & Johnson

How Johnson & Johnson supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Johnson & Johnson supports LGBTQ equal rights in its communities and continues to advocate for equality in the courts.
  • Johnson & Johnson supported the passage of the ENDA.
  • Johnson & Johnson partnered with PFLAG on education and advocacy for the LGBT community.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s mission is “Make diversity and inclusion how we work every day”.

Microsoft

How Microsoft supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Microsoft consistently earns a perfect rating with HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
  • Microsoft constantly advocates for marginalized groups.
  • GLEAM is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) employee resource group at Microsoft.
  • GLEAM members interact through programs such as Ignite talks, lunches, cross-corporate LGBT+ networking, sporting events, cultural activities, discussions with community leaders about gender and sexuality, volunteering, and fundraising for local LGBT+ organizations.
  • In 1993, Microsoft was one of the first companies in the world to offer employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners.

PayPal

How PayPal supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Refused to expand following the North Carolina passage of House Bill2
  • Consistently promotes and advocates for equal rights and inclusion.
  • PayPal’s LGBTQ network, PayPal Pride, celebrates and furthers our commitment to inclusion and diversity and support for our LGBTQ employees and allies.
  • PayPal hosts 16 PayPal Pride chapters across six countries.
  • In 2017, for the sixth consecutive year, PayPal earned a perfect rating of 100 percent from the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index , making it a “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.”

Salesforce

How Salesforce supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Equality is one of the Salesforce’s core values.
  • Salesforce advocates for equal rights in the communities where they work to stand against anti-LGTBQ legislation and to promote marriage Equality.
  • Salesforce’s LGBTQ Community is called Outforce for its LGBTQ employees and peer allies.
  • Salesforce promotes an open and inclusive work culture that empowers employees to bring their whole, authentic selves to work every day.
  • Along with all it’s Ohana Groups, Outforce also educates our Salesforce ecosystem on how diversity and inclusion create business success.

Simons & Simons LLP

How Simons & Simons supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • The Simmons & Simmons lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employee resource network was established in 2006.
  • The LGBTQ ERG network is open to all Simmons & Simmons partners and employees and has the overarching aim of providing support to members of the LGBT community and providing the firm with practical assistance in addressing LGBT issues.
  • LGBT network members play active roles in the InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT networks, an inter-organizational forum for the LGBT networks in law firms and all personnel (lawyers and non-lawyers) in the legal sector, including in-house counsel.

Slack

How Slack supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • In 2017 7.8% of Slack’s U.S. workforce and 7.6% of their U.S. managers identify as LGBTQ.
  • Slack is committed to increasing representation of underrepresented minorities in the tech industry.
  • Now in 2018 according to Slack’s diversity report, 8.3% of our U.S. workforce identify as LGBTQ, up from 7.8% (+0.5 pts) last year. 8.7% of our U.S. managers identify as LGBTQ, up from 7.6% (+1.1 pts) last year.
  • Slack offers an Employee Resource Group for LGBTQ individuals.

Target

How Target supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • Target recognizes Diversity and Inclusion as a core belief and has partnered with organizations such as National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network to support legal briefs and on other projects.
  • Target published a Pride manifesto to showcase its year-round commitment to creating an inclusive culture.
  • Target signed the Equality Act and is a platinum partner with HRC.

Uber

How Uber supports LGBTQ Employee Equality:

  • With UberPride, the company is building a diverse and inclusive workplace specifically focused on making LGBTQ individuals feel welcomed.
  • Uber is actively promoting LGBTQ rights in cities they operate.
  • Uber has received a score of 100 for HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) over the past two years.
  • Uber’s Pride site states, “While everyone may look, think, and feel differently, Pride is a time when we’re all uniting for the same thing—equality. From the front seat to the back, inside the car and out, Uber stands with our global LGBTQ+ community on this journey, today and every day.”
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