December 11, 2013 at 6:30 am EST | by Staff reports
More companies offering DP benefits: report
Walmart, Wendy's, domestic partner benefits, gay news, Washington Blade, HRC equality index

Walmart and Wendy’s are among the companies that have recently added DP benefits for employees.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, reports that more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and 90 percent of all large employers it surveyed are offering health insurance and other spousal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of their employees, the Associated Press reports.

Among first-time additions to the companies are Walmart Stores Inc., Hormel Foods LLC and Wendy’s International Inc.

The group’s 12th annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates private companies on policies affecting LGBT workers and consumers, also found a record number of businesses adopting policies prohibiting discrimination against transgender workers and job applicants. They include 61 percent of the Fortune 500, up from 57 percent a year ago, and 86 percent of the 737 companies evaluated, the AP report said.

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