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Monday, September 19, 2005

Fortune 500 Company Changes Tune

After being made aware that they were one of the 45 Fortune 500 companies that did not have a written policy protecting gay employees in the work place Lennar Corp. comes to the table and implements new policy.(Miami Herald)
Now that Lennar and four other companies have recently amended their policies, only 40 businesses on the Fortune 500 list don't protect their gay employees, said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum, a national gay-rights group in Philadelphia that began tracking nondiscrimination policies in fall 2003.
Among the 40 companies without protections: Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Assurant, Echostar Communications (which owns Dish Network) and Wendy's International.
Lennar's turnaround "is about as positive a sign as one could find in the way gays and lesbians are now being embraced in America -- and in particular in our largest corporations," Lazin said.
"You now have 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies that have voluntarily included sexual orientation in their workplace nondiscrimination policies," he said.

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