Caesars Earns Another Perfect Equality Score For Human Rights

Written By J.R. Duren on December 20, 2023
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For the sixteenth consecutive year, Caesars Entertainment earned a perfect score for LBGTQ+ equality from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).

The score is based on the HRC’s corporate equality index. The index judges a company based on its practices and policies related to its LGBTQ+ workforce.

The HRC also added Caesars to the 2023-2024 Equality 100. This is a designation given to companies the HRC viewed as leaders in LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion.

Why Caesars earned a perfect HRC score

The HRC scores a company across five categories:

  1. Workforce protections (5% of score): Based on Caesars’ employment non-discrimination policy.
  2. Inclusive benefits (50%): Judges how Caesars’ benefits for LGBTQ+ employees compare to non-LGBTQ+ employees. And sees whether the company provides an LGBTQ+ benefits guide.
  3. Internal training (25%): This relates to Caesars’ efforts to provide LGBTQ+ training, guidelines, a diversity council or resource group. As well as data collection for its LGBTQ+ employees.
  4. Corporate social responsibility (20%): Requires at least five LGBTQ+ community outreach or engagement events, a supplier non-discrimination policy, and a philanthropic guide that’s LGBTQ inclusive.
  5. Responsible citizenship (0%): Results in up to a 25-point deduction if Caesars has any large-scale official or public anti-LGBTQ+ fiascos.

Caesars earned a perfect score in each of the four scored categories and did not receive any deductions in the responsible citizenship category. Additionally, it was the only gaming operator to make the HRC’s Equality 100.

Caesars Entertainment hails its push for inclusivity

In its statement announcing its perfect HRC score, Caesars highlighted several steps it has taken locally and nationally to support the LGBTQ+ community.

The company is a prominent supporter of the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada. It was also the first gaming industry business to partner with the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, and established the gaming industry’s first LGBTQ+ employee resource group.

Heather Rapp, Caesars Entertainment’s SVPR of Corporate Social Responsibility, said that the perfect score will serve as “motivation” to continue the company’s efforts to create an inclusive work environment. Rapp stated in a Caesars Entertainment press release:

“Representation and inclusivity are essential to us at Caesars Entertainment, which is why we were the first to launch an employee resource group for LGBTQ+ Team Members and allies in the industry, among many other initiatives.

To continue to receive a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation further exemplifies our commitment and leadership in the space and motivates us to continue to improve for our LGBTQ+ Team Members and allies.”

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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