The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has issued its latest rankings of how businesses treat their gay and lesbian employees, and things look a little better than last year.
The report gave 305 businesses a top score of 100 this year; that's an increase from last year's 260. Eleven of the top 20 Forbes-ranked companies got perfect scores. (Not ExxonMobil, which has such a nice large building here and has yet to adopt the gay-friendly benefits policy that Mobil had.)
How'd Houston do?
Trevor Thomas of the HRC wouldn't tell Hair Balls how he thought Houston stacked up against other cities, but noted that we did have a bunch of companies among the 305 nabbing perfect scores.
"While Congress considers a federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, businesses can take immediate steps to ensure all employees in their workforce are treated fairly today," he said. "These 305 businesses -- 7 of which are headquartered in Houston -- and all employers actively working to improve their rating, set an example for all U.S. employers, including the federal government."
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We also do better than Dallas: 17 Dallas companies were rated; six had 100 scores. 13 Houston companies were rated; seven got 100. "More than half of the companies rated in Houston have a 100% ranking, but only roughly a third of the companies rated in Dallas have a 100% score," Thomas told us. "Interesting, also, because the report ranks more Dallas companies than Houston."
HRC broke out all the Texas companies and their scores. Here's the list, with Houston companies highlighted:
Affiliated Computer Services 60 Dallas
AMR Corp. (American Airlines) 100 Fort Worth
Andrews Kurth LLP 70 Houston
AT&T Inc. 100 Dallas
Austin Radiological Assn. 53 Austin
Baker & Botts LLP 100 Houston
BMC Software Inc. 100 Houston
BNSF Railway Co. 20 Fort Worth
BP America Inc. 100 Houston
Brinker International Inc. 100 Dallas
Clear Channel Communications Inc. 100 San Antonio
Comerica Inc. 80 Dallas
ConocoPhillips 70 Houston
Continental Airlines Inc. 100 Houston
Dean Foods Co. 73 Dallas
Dell Inc. 100 Round Rock
Exxon Mobil Corp. 0 Irving
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. 100 Austin
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP 100 Houston
GameStop Corp. 100 Grapevine
H.E. Butt Grocery Co. 75 San Antonio
Haynes and Boone LLP 100 Dallas
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. 95 Plano
Kimberly-Clark Corp. 100 Irving
Men's Wearhouse Inc., The 50 Houston
Nokia Corp. 50 Irving
Nortel Networks Corp. 85 Richardson
Perot Systems Corp. 53 Plano
RadioShack Corp. 40 Fort Worth
RRI Energy Inc. 75 Houston
Sabre Holdings Inc. 100 Southlake
Shell Oil Co. 100 Houston
Southwest Airlines Co. 95 Dallas
Spectra Energy Corp. 80 Houston
Tenet Healthcare 40 Dallas
Texas Instruments Inc. 100 Dallas
Vinson & Elkins LLP 100 Houston
Waste Management Inc. 85 Houston
Whole Foods Market Inc. 85 Austin
Looks like ExxonMobil's behind the energy-industry curve. Must be the fact they're headquartered in Irving.