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Herman Miller named one of the 2012 'Best Places to Work for Equality'

Monday 19 March 2012

Herman Miller was recently honoured in New York City as the 2012 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.
The organization highlighted six Michigan firms for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender equality in the workplace. Nationwide, a total of 189 companies were recognized including Apple Inc., Nike Inc. and Xerox Corp.
To make the list, companies had to score 100 percent on the HRC Foundation’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index, the national standard evaluating policies, practices and diversity efforts relating to LGBT workers.
The Index takes into account non-discrimination policies, benefits, diversity training and other internal resources for LGBT workers, as well as the company's support for LGBT consumers and job seekers. This year, the group expanded the criteria to include requiring companies to offer transgender inclusive healthcare coverage.

The Zeeland office furniture-maker has been vocal of its support for expanding Holland's anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation. The company has a large operation within the city limits.

Six years ago, Herman Miller's senior management recognized the company needed to be welcoming in order to attract the best talent, longtime employee Rick Westra told the Livonia-based publication PrideSource.com.
As part of that process, the company asked gay and transgender employees what they wanted. They responded they wanted same sex benefits, for gender orientation to be included in the company's Equal Employment Opportunity statement and for Herman Miller to make the HRC list.
"We thought it would be an insurmountable mountain, and that we'd end up with months and months of arguments and pushing," Westra told PrideSource.com. "But we told them what we wanted, and they said 'ok, here."

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