February 9, 2021

A best place to work for LGBTQ equality — 15 years in a row

Once again, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation gives Kaiser Permanente a perfect score for our LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices, and benefits.

Bianca Rey is proud of her 20-year-plus career at Kaiser Permanente for many reasons, including the organization's support for LGBTQ employees.

When Kaiser Permanente employee Bianca Rey began her transition in 2013, she knew her family would support her, but she was wasn’t sure how her manager and colleagues might react.

She spoke with her director and immediately felt at ease.

"My director let me take the lead on how and what I thought would be most comfortable for me to transition in the workplace — from communicating with my colleagues about my name and my pronouns (she, her, hers) to sharing our HR policy about transitioning in the workplace policy,” said Rey, an equity, inclusion, and diversity specialist at Kaiser Permanente.

Top marks in LGBTQ corporate equality index

Rey’s experience is reflective of Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. We are proud to be recognized for the 15th consecutive year by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which awarded us the highest possible score on its 2021 Corporate Equality Index and named us a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. The Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool for corporate policies, practices, and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees.

Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality 100% Corporate Equality Index - Human Rights Campaign Foundation

“Kaiser Permanente works diligently to ensure our workforce is representative of the members, patients, and communities we serve,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief equity, inclusion, and diversity officer. “We are proud to be recognized again by the Human Rights Campaign for our industry-leading equity, inclusion, and diversity practices and for our continuing work to provide the highest levels of opportunity and support to all of our employees, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

Rey is now a member of KP Pride, Kaiser Permanente’s business resource group for LGBTQ employees and their allies. With over 900 members, KP Pride advocates for Kaiser Permanente’s LGBTQ community and provides support through networking, professional development, and volunteer opportunities.

“Transitioning in the workplace is not easy for anyone, but my experience was excellent and I know that is tied to my work environment.”

 

A growing list of accolades

Kaiser Permanente’s recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the latest of many accolades recognizing our ongoing commitment to and leadership in equity, inclusion, and diversity, including:

Read more about Kaiser Permanente’s workforce and care delivery accolades.