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United Airlines wins LGBT workplace kudos

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines said it was named one of the “Top Companies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality” for 2013 by Work Life Matters magazine at an awards gala in New York City last Thursday evening.

The annual award is presented to US companies that lead their industries in developing programs and policies that support LGBT employees and promote workplace equality.

United said it has long supported programs that promote LGBT awareness and inclusion. Earlier this year, the company received the Business Leadership Award from Equality Illinois, the state´s oldest and largest LGBT advocacy group.

The carrier has also been named a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign five years in a row, and scored a 100 % rating on the organization´s Corporate Equality Index.

While several companies were recognized by Work Life Matters for their LGBT-friendly policies and initiatives, United received the magazine´s top honor for the travel category.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents.

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