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EA named one of the best places for LGBT equality

Human Rights Campaign honors the publisher for the third year in a row

When it comes to LGBT rights, Electronic Arts has been one of the more outspoken game comapanies, and it's being recognized for its support of the LGBT community by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). For the third year in a row, HRC has decided to name EA one of the best places to work for LGBT equality. EA earned a score of 100 on the corporate equality index, which meant that EA met the requirements for "partner benefits, organizational competency on LGBT issues, a public commitment to the equality for the broader community, as well as equal employee benefits."

EA has been active in showing its support for diversity and equality, expanding its presence at Pride Parades around the world, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Madrid, Stockholm, Vancouver, Montreal, Austin and Orlando. Additionally, EA was a corporate sponsor of the first ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit and the 2014 Out for Undergrad Technology Conference. This past August, EA won the 11th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Award from Diversity Journal for installing programs aimed at creating a more diversified and inclusive workplace.

"We are very honored to be recognized again as a 'Best Place to Work'," said Andre Chambers, head of Diversity & Inclusion at EA. "We believe that fostering an inclusive environment helps us to create great games, and represent our diverse set of players and I'm proud to work at a company that has strong employee values."

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
Rather interesting given that EA was known for many years as one of the absolute worst places to work in general.
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Lance McKee Developer 3 years ago
That is awesome! Way to go EA!
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Lance McKee Developer 3 years ago
@Jim
Yeah, pretty exciting to see that they're apparently turning things around.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Lance McKee on 26th November 2014 6:31pm

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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee3 years ago
Studios, take note!
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 3 years ago
My thoughts exactly Jim, glad to see some real change!
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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts3 years ago
Jim that was a long time ago, in recent years we get voted as one of the best places to work :-). Maybe I joined at the right time its been 4 years for me and it all been positive.
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James Berg Games User Researcher, EA Canada3 years ago
Been around 6 years at EA Canada, and things have been mostly good - the days of "EA Spouse" are long gone. I'm just out of frame in the pic above, that was taken at Pride Vancouver this year. Our studio at least has folks from every corner of the globe, and plenty of LGBT folks kickin' ass and making games.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
Lewis, it was certainly before then. Around the mid 2000's. It was so bad at one point that several class action lawsuits were being filed by the employees against EA.

They have certainly made huge strides since those days and should be commended for it.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd3 years ago
Congratulations to EA on an awesome achievement, you guys should really be proud of this. You're leading the way for tech employment policies in general right now.
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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts3 years ago
Hey Jim, I have heard that before :-). I get the impression the industry as a whole has improved, when I speak with devs from all parts of the industry it is actually rarely mentioned as a reason for people leaving other companies these days, which can only be a good thing.
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