Rackspace Named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality

For the first time in the company’s history, Rackspace scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, adding us to the growing list of companies named as “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

“Making this list shows our commitment to fostering a diverse, engaged workforce,” said Emily McQueen, director of Global Talent Development and executive sponsor of the Rackspace Pride Racker Resource Group.

“Rackers, would-be Rackers, and our customers now know that Rackspace truly is a place where we can bring our whole selves to work. Inclusion on this list helps make Rackspace an even more attractive destination employer.”

The perfect score also means Rackspace, alongside some of our customers and partners, including Amazon, Google and Microsoft, is added to the HRC’s “Buying for Equality Guide,” to be released in December. The guide features products and services from companies who demonstrate a commitment to LGBTQ equality.

Eric Alva, the first American seriously injured in the Iraq war who subsequently came out, helping to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, speaks to Rackers during Pride Month 2017.

Now in its sixteenth year, the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. The rating criteria help advance best practices for LGBTQ workplace inclusion that should be expected of large employers.

Businesses across the country use the index as a guide to ensure that their existing policies and benefits are inclusive of the LGBTQ workforce and their families, which may result in better recruitment and retention of a talented, diverse workforce.

“Not every company has made the kind of commitment to inclusion that we enjoy at Rackspace,” said Martin Smith, principal engineer in Fanatical Support for AWS. “As an out member of the LGBTQ community, knowing that my employer is invested in making the world a better, welcoming place for all people is a major reason I chose to work at Rackspace.”

As engagement and inclusion program manager and chair of Rackspace Pride, it has been incredibly satisfying to see the remarkable work our partners around the business have done to ensure parity of benefits packages and offerings.

Our Pride Racker Resource Group helps ensure that we’re creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Rackers — regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. That means we provide benefits for Rackers in domestic partnerships. And this year, Rackspace added insurance coverage for medically necessary treatments required by Rackers undergoing gender transition procedures.

Members of the planning and execution team for the 2016 Pride Month keynote with Lynn Conway, center, including Pride and POWER resource group leaders, as well as leaders from Legal and the Racker Experience team.

The Human Rights Campaign list is just the latest Rackspace has landed on. Investments in our employees and our culture mean we’re regularly included in ‘great places to work’ lists, including FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,”  “Best Tech Workplaces” and “Best Workplaces for Parents.” We’re also a top workplace for Latinas, millennials and veterans.

The results of the HRC index aren’t what makes Rackspace a great place to work, but they are evidence of the everyday Racker experience.

PJ Lovejoy is the Engagement and Inclusion Program Manager in Rackspace’s Talent Management organization. In this role, he is responsible for a number of Racker engagement, culture, diversity and inclusion programs. As head of the company’s Global Inclusion Leadership Council, he guides leaders of the company’s employee resource groups to increased collaboration across the globe. He has been the chair of Rackspace Pride, the company’s LGBTQ employee resource group, since early 2015. PJ holds bachelor’s degrees in Communication from Ohio State University and human resources management from Western Governors University, as well as a masters in Management & Leadership (Liberty University), and is currently working on an MBA (Western Governors University). PJ lives in San Antonio with his husband, Vincent.

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