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Orbitz Receives Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's Newly Released Corporate Equality Index

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbitz Worldwide received a perfect Corporate Equality Index score for the sixth consecutive year and is recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," according to the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion and provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

The 2013 CEI rated 889 businesses with 252 achieving the top rating of 100 percent and earning the coveted distinction of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality."  The 2013 CEI applied five criteria to receiving a perfect score: equal employment opportunity policy, employment benefits, organizational LGBT competency, public commitment and responsible citizenship. Orbitz is the only online travel company to receive a perfect score in the 2013 CEI.

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"Orbitz is proud to receive a perfect Corporate Equality Index score for the sixth consecutive year. At Orbitz, equality is not just an idea, but a core value that is reflected in the way we do business around the globe," said Barney Harford, CEO of Orbitz Worldwide. "Our company has a strong tradition of inclusivity, from our groundbreaking LGBT advertising and our long-term support of numerous LGBT causes nationwide, to the vast diversity of our workplace. Our focus remains on treating our millions of customers and every one of our employees with respect and value because it is simply the right thing to do."

Orbitz Worldwide employs almost 1500 employees, including nearly 800 at its Chicago corporate headquarters. Orbitz was the first online travel company to launch a microsite dedicated to gay and lesbian travel. The core values of tolerance, non-discrimination and equality are an integral part of Orbitz employment practices and marketing efforts. These core values have earned the company HRC's Corporate Equality Award as well as two GLAAD Awards for LGBT-inclusive advertising. Visit to see why Orbitz is one of the top travel sites for LGBT travelers.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book an array of travel products and services, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Since launching its website in June 2001, has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including the Orbitz Matrix Display and Orbitz Price Assurance. The Matrix Display revolutionized the way the travel industry displayed fares and makes it quick and easy for consumers to compare flights, rental cars and vacation packages. also offers "Insider Steals," a weekly, members-only flash sale that provides exclusive deals of 50% or more off of handpicked hotels in top destinations around the world as well as "Mobile Steals," exclusive hotel deals of up to 50% off in the most popular destinations around the world, available to mobile consumers via and the full suite of Orbitz mobile apps. On consumers can search a broad range of suppliers worldwide. is owned by Orbitz Worldwide. Stay connected to with sale alerts, exclusive promotions and engaging conversations by following Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and the Orbitz Travel Blog.

About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide owns a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (, CheapTickets (, ebookers (, HotelClub (, RatesToGo ( and the Away Network ( Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Worldwide Distribution ( delivers private label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the world's largest airlines, and Orbitz for Business ( delivers managed corporate travel solutions for corporations. For more information on partnership opportunities with Orbitz Worldwide, visit

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