Would you believe in today’s day and age that it’s legal to fire employees simply because they are LGBT? That’s unfortunately the case in 28 U.S. states.
As a company whose core business is to help our clients unlock the potential of their most critical asset – people – tying diversity to the business makes sense. At ADP, we’ve just wrapped up another celebratory LGBT pride month (June) and are excited to announce we’ve signed on to the Human Rights Campaign coalition of businesses committed to driving passage of the Equality Act proposed to the United States Congress. The Act is U.S. federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections to LGBT people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law. More than 60 of the largest businesses in the U.S. have joined the campaign.
The Equality Act creates clear, consistent protections that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, ensuring that LGBT employees are hired, fired, and promoted based on their performance. In addition, the bill provides protections from discrimination for LGBT people in housing, credit, and jury service. The bill would also prohibit discrimination in public accommodations and federal funding on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
In announcing ADP’s joining of the HRC’s business coalition our President and CEO Carlos Rodriguez said: “Encouraging diversity is a pillar of our talent strategy at ADP and we are committed to giving individuals of all backgrounds the opportunity to bring their unique perspectives and abilities to our company. Not only is it the right thing; as the HRC says: ‘Equality is Good Business’.” The business case for diversity is clear and compelling: more innovation, higher employee engagement and productivity, access to the best talent in the market.
The full list of companies on the HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act can be found here.