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Orbitz Considered One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

Friday Dec 13, 2013
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Orbitz at Washington DC Pride.
Orbitz at Washington DC Pride.  (Source:Orbitz)

Thinking about which site or mobile app to use to go hunting for travel deals? Consider Orbitz Worldwide, which received a perfect score of 100 percent for the seventh consecutive year and is recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," according to the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion and provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses, with 303 achieving the top rating, and earning the distinction of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality." Orbitz satisfied all of the CEI’s criteria resulting in a perfect score including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Orbitz is the only online travel company to receive a perfect score in the 2014 CEI.

"Orbitz is proud to receive a perfect Corporate Equality Index score for the seventh consecutive year. Equality is core to our company’s values and is reflected in how we do business around the world and how we treat our employees and millions of customers," said Barney Harford, CEO of Orbitz Worldwide. "Orbitz was the only online travel agency to sign the amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and was an early supporter of the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition."

Orbitz Worldwide employs almost 1,500 employees, including nearly 800 at its Chicago corporate headquarters. Orbitz was the first online travel company to launch a microsite dedicated to gay and lesbian travel. The core values of tolerance, non-discrimination and equality are an integral part of Orbitz’s employment practices and marketing efforts. These core values have earned the company HRC’s Corporate Equality Award, as well as two GLAAD Awards for LGBT-inclusive advertising.

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