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Major players in the tech industry earned top marks from the Human Rights Campaign for workplace policies relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Adobe are among the tech firms that earned a perfect score on HRC’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index, which ranks companies based on whether they offer certain protections and benefits for LGBT workers.

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Amazon was left out of the 100 point club because the company doesn’t offer a health plan that includes coverage for medical services for transgender people to all its employees. It’s unclear exactly why that’s the case, but it may have to do with the company being unwilling to offer those benefits to employees who work in fulfillment centers. (Costco, Walmart and other retailers got a similar deduction for their policies.)

Apple’s perfect score is in keeping with its performance from last year, and comes after company CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in a column published by Bloomberg Businessweek last month.

Overall, the tech industry did well on the survey, with a record number of companies across different market segments getting a perfect score. The report is good news for an industry that prides itself on being welcoming to members of the LGBT community, especially as companies work towards increasing diversity among their ranks.

The index isn’t a perfect barometer for LGBT employees, though. Policies can’t quantify workplace culture, or the attitudes of bosses that employees will report to.

A chart of companies with perfect scores by industry segment is embedded below.


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