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April 2019
Chicago Fed Named as One of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

CHICAGO - (April 3, 2019) The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” after receiving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the third year running the Bank has received this recognition.

The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality.

“We are excited to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality for a third year in a row,” said David Tucker, president of Spectrum, the Chicago Fed’s diversity network group for LGBTQ employees and allies. “The CEI is a rigorous benchmark that assesses our policies, employee benefits, and outreach to the LGBTQ community. Our 100 percent score reflects how those elements add up to make the Chicago Fed a great place to work.”

The Chicago Fed was named along with eight other banks in the Federal Reserve System including Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Francisco and St. Louis.

“The Bank is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all employees to bring their full, authentic selves to work and supports them no matter how they identify,” said Chicago Fed People & Culture Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Leonard McLaughlin. “We hope that all our employees feel valued and respected, and we will continue to put policies and benefits in place to reinforce that.”

The 2019 CEI evaluated LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ people.

For more information on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.


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Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Background

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.








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