Big and Small Business Finding It’s Okay to be Gay Friendly

Two new studies out this month find that find that businesses who support the LGBTQIA community are winning. The first study, by the Population Reference Bureau, “shows a majority of small-business owners support laws such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would outlaw employment discrimination against gay and transgender workers.” According to the folks over at the Center for American Progress, “the poll also reveals that most small-business owners already prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and that the majority report zero costs associated with their inclusive nondiscrimination policies.”

The second study from UCLA’s Williams Institute, finds that “almost all of top 50 Fortune 500 companies and the top 50 federal government contractors (92%) state that, in general, diversity policies and generous benefit packages are good for their business. In addition, the majority (53%) have specifically linked policies prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, and extending domestic partner benefits to their employees, to improving their bottom line.”

One has  to wonder with so much support from the business community if it makes good dollar sense for Idaho to continue to drag it’s heals in adding the words “Sexual orientation and gender discrimination” to the Idaho Human Rights law?


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