Friday, June 30, 2006

The Business Of Equal Rights

Posted by Codemorse


Thanks to private sector employers, our nation hit a milestone this year in its march toward equality.

While protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans are stalled in Congress, corporate America continues to surge ahead. This isn't a Democratic or a Republican issue. It's an issue of basic fairness and good business.

For the first time, more than half of all Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner health insurance benefits to their employees, according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual "State of the Workplace" report. This survey also found that 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policies and 10 times the number of Fortune companies cover gender identity today compared to 2001.

The private sector continues to be far ahead of the political debate. While elected officials continue to dwell on the "politics" of equal protections and rights, business leaders are encouraging fairness for their employees.

Too often, I'm guilty of whining about Corporations (see directly below for just one example of my crippling whine-disorder) but the fact is, like most things in life, it ain't that simple.

While a business may have certain human qualities (and a cold, murderous psychotic psychological profile according to the makers of The Corporation), they exist only to make money and continue to grow. Like viruses, with upward mobility ambitions.

And that's a plus from time to time. Businesses don't care about whether being gay is "wrong." They care about productivity. Happily undiscriminated-upon employees work harder. And they're less likely to sue you and hurt your bottom line.


At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Hattie said...

Microsoft is one of the best. It's the reason they do so well. Taking care of his employees pays off for Bill!
My daughter can attest to that, since she works for Microsoft.


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