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Maryland tops states in policies toward LGBT employees

Rainbow flag in pencil holder on office desk.
Rainbow flag in pencil holder on office desk. (Ron Chapple / Getty Images)

Maryland tops all other states in the number of companies with progressive policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, new research shows.

In Maryland, 67 percent of businesses surveyed achieved the highest possible score for putting in place policies that protect the rights of LGBT workers, according to a study by Expert Market, which connects businesses with services and products.

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"It is great to see so many companies embracing the diversity of their employees, particularly the case of Maryland where businesses are actually surpassing the state's commitment towards equal rights for LGBT employees," said Michael Horrocks, head of marketing for Expert Market.

Other states in the top five include Massachusetts, Nevada, Minnesota and New York. The study, released Wednesday, reviewed 950 companies in the Corporate Equality Index 2015. The index assesses non-discrimination, equal rights for same-sex spouses and transgender healthcare policies. Companies that score the maximum 100 are considered progressive.

The study also looked at industries with progressive policies and found hospitality topping the list, with 67 percent of hotels, resorts and casinos with high scores. Engineering and construction firms were found to be the least progressive, with no companies scoring 100.

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