LAS VEGAS, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. received a perfect rating from the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index rates businesses based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace policies.
"Harrah's Entertainment is proud to be first gaming company to receive a perfect score and we are humbled to be the only gaming company to receive a perfect rating from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation on its Corporate Equality Index for four consecutive years," said Fred Keeton, vice president of finance, external affairs and chief diversity officer for Harrah's Entertainment. "This 'four-peat' is a reflection of Harrah's commitment to create and facilitate programs and policies that offer our all of our employees equal opportunities."
"For the fourth consecutive year, Harrah's Entertainment has earned a 100% on the Corporate Equality Index, making it one of the 'Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.' The Human Rights Campaign congratulates Harrah's Entertainment on this distinction and looks forward to our continued work together on LGBT workplace inclusion," said Daryl Herrschaft director of the HRC Foundation's Workplace Project.
The Corporate Equality Index has provided a roadmap for employers to address their policies, benefits and other practices broadly for the past nine years. This year an unprecedented 337 major U.S. businesses earned the top rating of 100 percent, up from 305 companies last year. These workers are protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression because of their employers' policies on diversity and inclusion, training and benefits.
"We are thrilled the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has once again recognized our work with the LGBT community. With new diversity initiatives and a continued relationship with this important organization, we hope to make even greater strides toward equality in the years to come," said Keeton.
The Corporate Equality Index 2011 report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.
About Harrah's Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is committed to conducting business responsibly by providing employees with equal opportunities for growth and contribution under the direction of its diversity and inclusion department. Harrah's approaches diversity and inclusion in parallel paths focusing both on traditional representational diversity and resulting cognitive diversity. Employees' life experiences, background and skills are utilized in diverse-by-design teams to help drive better business outcomes. The diverse-by-design approach can be applied across all business functions to drive outcomes by solving the company's hardest problems or in taking advantage of its most complex opportunities. The use of the cognitive diversity model sets Harrah's apart as a leader in best diversity and inclusion practices.
Harrah's is the only company in the casino entertainment industry to receive a perfect score four consecutive times on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. The Nevada Minority Business Council inducted Harrah's Entertainment into its hall of fame as "Corporation of the Decade," for the company's 15-year dedication to diversity and inclusion. Most recently, Profiles in Diversity Journal conferred its top honor, the "2010 Diversity Leader Award," to Harrah's for its outstanding diversity communications practices. Harrah's has a longstanding history of community engagement and social responsibility and was named Business Week's "Most Generous Company in America." Harrah's is committed to creating a dynamic and innovative culture where individual growth is not only encouraged, but also rewarded, recognized and celebrated.
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