Several companies in Maryland scored high marks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index, released this week.
Of eight companies in the state included in the study, six earned a perfect 100 percent score.
They were Choice Hotels International Inc., DLA Piper, Lockheed Martin Corp., Marriott International Inc., Sodexo Inc. and T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.
Constellation Energy Group Inc., which owns utility Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., scored a 90 percent, having been docked 10 points for not having at least one transgender-inclusive health care coverage plan, the HRC found.
The eighth company ranked in Maryland, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc., of Bethesda, scored a 30 percent, lacking benefits for domestic partners and trainings in LGBT inclusion in the workforce, among other factors, the HRC found.
The entire report ranks 781 companies nationwide. Of those, 366 businesses earned scores of 100 percent.
"When it comes to LGBT equality, Corporate America is a leader, not a follower," said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement. "At every turn, from advocating for marriage equality to providing vital support for transgender employees, this country's leading companies have asked, 'What more can we do?,' and they've worked tirelessly to achieve new progress. That kind of leadership changes countless lives around this country, and sets an important example to other companies around the globe."
Still, Griffin warned, too many companies "still don't guarantee these vital workplace protections, and too many LGBT people -- transgender people in particular -- face high rates of unemployment and discrimination in hiring, keeping them from ever getting a foot in the door in the first place."
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