The most gay-friendly Twin Cities employers

Categories: GLBT, Notable MN

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The Human Rights Campaign assessed companies' GLBT-friendliness
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released a study measuring hundreds of companies' friendliness to gay employees.

If their survey is any indication, Minnesota companies tend to do well by their GLBT employees. Thirteen Minnesota companies received perfect scores in the Corporate Equality Index.

The survey measured whether companies provide equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses as well as transgender employees and dependents. Companies were also expected to show public and internal commitment to the GLBT community.

The local companies receiving perfect scores were 3M Co., Ameriprise Financial Inc., Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Cargill, Dorsey & Whitney, Faegre & Benson, General Mills, Medtronic Inc., Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, Supervalu, U.S. Bancorp, and UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

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Lady Gaga taught Target a valuable lesson about gay people
Although Target did not receive a perfect score, the mammoth Minnesota corporation did surprisingly well, considering it was criticized for anti-gay policies earlier this year.

Lady Gaga dumped Target as the exclusive distributor of Born This Way over anti-gay political contributions Target had made, and the company earned bad press for suing a gay-rights group that was soliciting signatures outside a California store.

Target scored 85 out of 100 possible points, ranking it a better company for gay employees than the Mayo Clinic (70) and Hormel Foods (60), among others.

Inver Grove Heights-based CHS, Inc. received a score of zero, making it the worst Minnesota company on GLBT issues.

You can see the full study here.

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nbrooks4
nbrooks4

The biggest form of discrimination was Affirmative Action. Hiring someone based on a needing to meet a quota of Black, Hispanic, Women or what ever.  There was a time when it was taboo for women to wear pants, a time when women were not allowed to vote, the handicapped could not work due to lack of accommodation of their needs.  All the LGBT community is looking for is the right to earn a living. To keep a roof over their head, keep their bills paid and food on the table. 

To deny someone gainful employment, if qualified for the job, just because they look or act a little different is like not hiring a burn victim because their scars are hard to look at, not hiring someone with a speech impediment because they sound funny.  Employment should be gained only on the basis that they can do the job, not how they act or look.

We are talking about "Human Rights", we are all human and ALL deserve the same rights in life. This should be common sense, NOT something that has to be fought for. 

Thank you for listening. :)

Steve
Steve

It's ironic(and somewhat maddening) to see all these City Pages readers criticize gay rights in the work place with comments like, "because you feel special, you expect something special," yet, where are these same logical sentiments when I'm protesting gender-based pricing during ladies' nights at bars and nightclubs? The answer is obvious: the litmus-test ingredients of booze, frivolity, sex,and money are missing. And that's why I say the cornerstone of ladies'night, double standards, is at the core of all social problems. That's  because the central principle flows with the wind: there is no consistency. And that's the result of cowardice and ignorance. Steve Horner

Polio pony
Polio pony

What is "Gay Friendly" anyway? Vaseline dispensers in the Men's Room?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Do these companies ALSO have a written "internal commitment" to any other group, race, gender other than GLBT?  Perhaps a written commitment to heterosexual employees giving then specific protections from  GLBT employees?  If not, that is preferential treatment towards one but not another. 

Laws need to be written as 'all encompassing," otherwise they are discriminatory laws, because they fail to specifically represent the protections or representation of "all".

kinda like playing "wackamole" here.Everyone keeps trying to stick their head up and defend, and define, "internal commitment to the GLBT community," as a non-discriminatory action by that employer.So far, epic fail...

zerofor
zerofor

Nice to know that some companies are ahead of the government on human rights.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"Gay friendly"?"Companies were also expected to show public and internal commitment to the GLBT community"?

What ever happened to "equal opportunity"?

Because you feel special, you expect something special?

It's great to know gays expect and look, for an employer that will discriminate against someone by giving someone that is gay, something special.  At the same time excluding someone who is heterosexual from that same treatment.

Any employer that gives ANYONE preferential treatment while excluding another from some sort of preferential treatment, should be shamed.

Here is something to chew on-If and employer gave preferential treatment or acknowledgement to Conservatives and conservative groups; would liberals see this employer as "good" or "bad"?

Apparently the gay community hates employer discrimination, UNLESS it benefits themselves.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I couldn't agree more with this brilliant assessment.   Did you know during Nazi Germany Hitler would use ladies nights to round up all the oppressed white men and put them into camps?  Who can forget Mathew Shepard?   A man who was brutally murdered simply for being who he was, an oppressed white male.  It seems like every day I read a story about a 50 year old man committing suicide because of the racism in not allowing them to get a dollar off their drinks just like the evil oppressive ladies.    How soon you idiot liberals forget what Martin Luther King, Jr was truly fighting for?   Remember his speech?    "I have a dream that someday all drink specials and two for ones will apply to all people and not just a selected few on lady's night!   I have a dream that someday white men will be able to also purchase Jalapeno poppers for the lady's night price.   I have a dream that someday Steve Horner will be able to join me in saying free at last, free at last, thank God Almight! Free at last!"  

bloodbath
bloodbath

Finally, a person who thinks.

Hombre
Hombre

Just think... some day in America the gays will be allowed to vote and everything.  I can even see the future when they hector everybody 24/7/365 over every little thing,

Guy
Guy

I guess an alternative to "internal commitment to the GLBT community" would be Anoka-Hennepin school district's "neutrality" policy, which has contributed to a hellish environment for gay students, and which the school district is currently working on correcting. I work for a "gay-friendly" employer. I've never felt discriminated against for my straightness. You're just arguing against a liberal strawman because that's what you do. You're a sad little troll.

Schmitzboyd
Schmitzboyd

I'm assuming you are a straight white man.

So you may not understand bigotry in the work place on personal level.  This list isn't saying here are companies who give special privileges and treatment to LGBT people. It's saying here are companies where you don't have to be afraid to go work.  Here are the companies who won't attempt to fire you because you've brought the person you love and are committed to to a company picnic. Here are some companies that aren't policing where your dick goes during your off work hours.

Do you have the "special privilege" of feeling safe at work? do you have the special privilege of choosing your own partner without continual backlash from employers? Because both of those sound pretty basic to me.

Aaron
Aaron

Did you read the report? I did not see anything in it about providing preferential treatment toward any group over another. The criteria they used included such things as giving insurance benefits to same-sex partners of employees and not discriminating in hiring.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

kirk is a proud resident of Anoka-Hennepin who loves their neutrality policy.   No matter how many children commit suicide kirk is willing to defend that policy.   In fact kirk is so dedicated to hating gay people he made sure he made fun of the gay teens that had committed suicide.   Most humans would find it horrible that children are dying and would do their best to find a way to prevent it but not kirk.   Like most Republicans kirk is a heartless soulless monster who loves to laugh at dead kids.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Actually I am a straight black man.  So ya, I KNOW NOTHING about discrimination.

From the article above- "Companies were also expected to show public and internal commitment to the GLBT community"

"internal commitment," sure sounds like something special to me.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Did you?You didn't even need to read into the full report.From article above-"Companies were also expected to show public and internal commitment to the GLBT community"

What do the words "internal commitment" mean to ya?Perhaps they are giving "internal" preferential treatment?

"internal commitment," sure sounds like something special to me.

Kirk Antidote
Kirk Antidote

You're not the only straight black bigot in Minnesota, but you're probably the most pathetic.

Bianca
Bianca

lol. Anyways, being completely irrelevant, I would LOVE to interview you, Kirk for a paper I'm writing. Can you help me out?

green23
green23

Kirk wrote:""internal commitment," sure sounds like something special to me."

That's because you're a wingnut. Everything is a conspiracy to you, and it all traces back to Obama in some crazy way.

It's not the 1950's any more, old man. You're not going to turn back the clock, no matter how much you huff and rant. You're a pathetic old geezer that nobody takes seriously, but you do manage to show the rest of us the mindset of the evangelical Right. It's not pretty, either.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I don't know about you guys but to me nothing screams out I am flamboyantly straight than when a Republican assures you his straight despite his obsession with gay sex and with what gay people are doing.   Nothing shows how "straight" you are like constantly thinking and raging about gay men having sex.   I bet kirk is "straight" like Larry Craig and Marcus Bachmann are.   C'mon kirk tell us how gays are dirty and need to be punished.  To guys like kirk there is no political issue more important than figuring out exactly how those saucy gays need to be punished.    Kirk will give them all the special treatment they need. 

Schmitzboyd
Schmitzboyd

I apologize. One should never assume. But as somebody who has faced discrimination I would think you might be a bit more understanding.  Then again I understand that you might not think that EVERYBODY deserves respect and safety in the workplace. I do.

Also "internal commitment" is an outcome of the Mutual Learning approach. It is a state of mind in which you feel personally responsible for the choice you make.  So these companies have chosen to respect their GLBT employees and protect them from prejudice in the workplace and they feel responsible to upholding that choice.  I'm sure these companies have internal commitment to protecting the rights of other minority employees. Hell they might have an internal commitment to respect ALL their employees Just so happens that the Human Rights Campaign deals with GLBT issues and that's who put together the report.

green23
green23

Kirk wrote:"Perhaps they are giving "internal" preferential treatment?"

Nothing in the article or the report says that. You are assuming that, and that using that assumption to launch your rant.

Go ahead and "shame" those companies, though. Remember, when they laugh at you, it really just means that the "libs" are 'scared'. Up is also down, and losing is winning.

But don't boycott them, because you know that's "harassment".

Chris
Chris

I'd support anything that discriminates against Kirk. Not because of gender or race, mostly because of ignorance.

West
West

"Internal commitment" means that an employer actively works to not discriminate against LGBT employees, even in the face of laws that are discriminatory. This might simply mean using inclusive language in company policies, employee manuals, etc., to send the message that the company welcomes LGBT people and their partners. Or the company might take financial steps to provide equality to LGBT employees.

For example, DOMA prevents same-sex couples from using pre-tax dollars to pay for a partner's health insurance. So a gay employee ends up paying more money for the same insurance as his straight counterparts, simply because of a law that does not recognize his marriage. Some employers will make up the difference in these cases -- not giving "special treatment" to the gay employee, but rather ensuring that all employees are paying the same amount for their benefits.

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