CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orbitz Worldwide received a perfect score of 100 percent for the eighth 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 benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality.
"Orbitz Worldwide is honored to receive a perfect Corporate Equality Index score for the eighth consecutive year," said Barney Harford, CEO of Orbitz Worldwide. "While we are proud of this accomplishment, we look forward to the day when this index is no longer necessary and treating all employees and customers with dignity and respect is the only way to do business."
The 2015 CEI rated 972 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Orbitz Worldwide satisfied all of the CEI's criteria to receive the 100 percent ranking and is the only online travel agency to receive a perfect score.
For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
Orbitz Worldwide employs almost 1,500 employees, including nearly 800 at its Chicago corporate headquarters. Orbitz.com 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. The company continues to sponsor many LGBT non-profits including the Trevor Project and Matthew Shepard Foundation among many others. These core values have also earned the company Glassdoor's top place to work for LGBT employees as well as two GLAAD Awards for LGBT-inclusive advertising.
Visit www.gayorbitz.com to see why Orbitz.com 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.
Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities. Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world's largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program—the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide. Use the Orbitz Rewards Visa® Card to earn even more rewards. Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at www.orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app won the 2014 Appy Award for best travel app. Orbitz also ranks #1 in Online Travel Website Customer Satisfaction in the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog. Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW).
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.
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