Nine airlines have been ranked in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) released on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation based on surveys and reports on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality.
Among the airlines are Alaska Airlines, America Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America, SkyWest Airlines and Hawaaiian Airlines.
Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO, said: “JetBlue is thrilled to once again earn a top rating in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.Here at JetBlue we are proud to embrace our company’s rich diversity and celebrate the LGBT crewmembers who have helped make us one of America’s best places to work.”
In partnership with JetPride, the company’s crewmember resource group, JetBlue has continued its support of many local and national LGBT nonprofit groups across its network. As New York’s Hometown Airline, JetBlue is proud to be the official airline of The Center, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center. The airline has also supported numerous other community organizations such as AVP: The Anti-Violence Project, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Lambda Legal, NLGJA – The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, the OneOrlando Fund and OutRight Action International.
In celebration of LGBT pride, hundreds of JetBlue crewmembers and senior leaders marched this year in celebrations across the country including in the airline’s focus cities of Boston; Long Beach, Calif.; New York; and Orlando, Fla.
The CEI evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. JetBlue’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.