Humana headquarters in Louisville | Photo by Tony Pacheco

Three companies based in Louisville received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s latest annual report assessing the policies and practices of major companies and law firms around the country to protect and include LGBTQ workers.

Humana Inc. and Brown-Forman Corp. both repeated their perfect score of 100 from last year in the HRC’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index, while Kindred Healthcare improved its score from 20 to 100 in the latest report.

Yum! Brands, also headquartered in Louisville, received a score of 80, which is the same that it received last year. The law firm of Frost Brown Todd, which is located in several states and has a large office in Louisville, repeated its perfect score of 100 in this year’s report.

The only other Kentucky-based company to receive a perfect score in the HRC’s new report is Lexmark International Inc. out of Lexington.

A record-breaking 609 businesses earned a score of 100 from the HRC in the new report, up from 517 last year.

“At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a press release.

The top-scoring companies on the report, Griffin added, “are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores.”

In October, the HRC gave Louisville a perfect score of 100 for the third straight year in its Municipal Equality Index report measuring laws, services and leadership that promote the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals.

Louisville was the only city in Kentucky and one of only 68 cities in the country to receive a perfect score, in addition to being named one the HRC’s 41 “All-Star” cities that scored above 85 points despite being in states with no state-level LGBTQ protections.

This story was updated to reflect that the HRC incorrectly listed the Frost Brown Todd headquarters as being located in Cincinnati.

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Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]


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