Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Employees at Microsoft
GLEAM is the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) employee resource group at Microsoft.
Microsoft has been a pioneer in workplace diversity. It was one of the first companies in the world to offer employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners and to include sexual orientation in its corporate nondiscrimination policy. Since 1989, Microsoft has supported and sponsored gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues at Microsoft. In 1993, the employee resource group—Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees at Microsoft (GLEAM)—was organized. GLEAM now has more than 2,000 members.
Microsoft Affirms ENDA Support
On November 7, 2013, Karen Jones, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal Group, Microsoft Corporation, issued the following statement in response to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013: “Microsoft is proud to support S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA), that is being considered by the Senate this week. As an employer and American business community leader, we strongly believe in the goals of this legislation and the principle that all workers should be judged solely on their skills. Microsoft has consistently been a leader in adopting corporate policies to protect the rights of its LGBT employees, being one of the first companies in the world to offer employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners and to include sexual orientation in our corporate nondiscrimination policy. Microsoft is pleased to reiterate our support of this legislation.”
For the Ninth Consecutive Year – Microsoft is a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality!
Microsoft has just reached a big milestone for our support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workforce and communities! The company has achieved a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – for the 9th consecutive year. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees. “We congratulate Microsoft for earning a 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index and earning the designation as a Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for nine years in a row,” said Deena Fidas, Director of the Workplace Equality Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.