Hyatt Recognized by Human Rights Campaign as ‘Best Place to Work’ for LGBT Equality
Hyatt continues to earn 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual scorecard on LGBT workplace equality since 2005
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that since 2005, Hyatt has earned 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). HRC is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
Hyatt's 100 percent rating includes perfect marks for the company's protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; benefits programs for LGBT colleagues including equivalent spousal and partner benefits and transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage; diversity and inclusion training; and public commitment to the LGBT community.
"In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership," said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas. "Hyatt not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values."
Hyatt has obtained a 100 percent ranking on HRC's CEI Index every year since 2005. Most recently, Hyatt was honored with the Corporate Equality Award for the company's continued commitment to an inclusive environment where LGBT colleagues are embraced, and feel valued for who they are.
For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
Hyatt's Legacy of Equality in the Workplace
Hyatt was the first major hospitality company to offer domestic partner benefits, including changes to bereavement policies, which created FMLA-like benefits for domestic partners not required under federal law at the time. Hyatt has also included sexual orientation in its Equal Employment Opportunity policy since 2000 and added gender identity in 2002. In 2012, Hyatt made a statement in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Over the years, Hyatt has worked with various LGBT organizations, including the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Out & Equal, among others.
HyPride, an employee business resource group at Hyatt for members and supporters of the LGBT community, gives all Hyatt colleagues the opportunity to have a voice within the company and fosters a welcoming environment. Hyatt has more than 30 HyPride chapters throughout the U.S. and continues to expand chapters globally.
Supporter of the Equality Act
Hyatt's approach to embracing diversity and supporting inclusion has led the company to endorse the recently introduced Equality Act, a landmark federal bill that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people from discrimination in many of the most important aspects of their lives.
The Equality Act would provide basic protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, access to public spaces, housing, education, jury service, credit, and federal funding.
"As a company that cares for people to be their best, Hyatt supports diversity and inclusion for all," continued Webb.
For more information on Hyatt's Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, please visit thrive.hyatt.com.
The term "Hyatt" is used herein for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of September 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio included more than 750 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Residence Club® and Exhale® brand names. On November 30, 2018, the Company expanded its hotel and resort portfolio with the inclusion of the Alila®, Destination®, Joie de Vivre®, Thompson Hotels® and tommie™ brands. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.