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Five Md. employers named best workplaces for LGBT equality

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A global law firm with origins in Baltimore was one of five Maryland-based businesses to make the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" list.

DLA Piper, which owes part of its name to Baltimore-based predecessor Piper & Marbury and maintains a strong presence in the city, was the only "Baltimore-headquartered" employer on the list.

Why "Baltimore-headquartered"? Because while HRC cites Charm City as DLA Piper's home base, a spokesman told me the firm considers itself global and doesn't have a traditional HQ. Piper does have offices both in downtown Baltimore and Mount Washington, but its two largest offices are in New York and London.

The other Maryland businesses joining Piper on the list were Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin and Marriot International; Choice Hotels International in Silver Spring; and Gaithersburg-based food services provider Sodexo Inc.

To qualify, employers had to receive perfect scores on HRC's Corporate Equality Index, which examines the practices, policies and benefits of major corporations and law firms. HRC invites businesses from the Fortune 1000 list and employers on American Lawyer's list of the top 200 revenue-grossing firms to participate.

The only other Baltimore-area employer surveyed was Constellation Energy Group, which received a score of 90 after being docked for lacking transgender-inclusive health insurance.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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