Verizon Honored for Commitment to Diversity and Workplace Equality

WASHINGTON - The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization (LLEGÓ) has presented Verizon with its highest honor, the Plumed Warrior Premio Visionario, or Visionary, Award. Verizon, the first company to receive the award, was honored for its corporate commitment to diversity and workplace equality.

"Verizon's corporate culture encourages respect and appreciation of everyone's differences," said Martín Ornelas-Quintero, LLEGÓ executive director. "Creating that kind of inclusive and diverse environment takes leadership, strength, courage and diligence, all characteristics that embody the vision of the Plumed Warrior."

The late artist Marsha Gomez, a human rights activist, community leader, cultural arts educator and professional artist, created the Plumed Warrior to commemorate grassroots organizers who create change and give hope to others. Verizon received the award at LLEGÓ's fourth annual National Awards Dinner in Washington on April 24.

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg and other senior executives set the cultural tone for diversity, creating an environment where employees feel valued and respected for their differences.

A leader in the emerging market of broadband services, Verizon provides compensation and benefits, including same-sex domestic partner benefits, to attract and retain the best and brightest work force. Same-sex domestic partners and their eligible dependents receive medical, dental and vision coverage and dependent life insurance. Verizon's pension plan also provides survivor benefits to designated same-sex domestic partners.

Verizon's 10 employee resource groups, including the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Employees of Verizon and Their Allies (GLOBE) and the Hispanic Support Organization, promote personal and professional growth for employees with common interests, assist with strategic business goals such as employee development, diversity awareness and recruitment, and volunteer in the community. More than 12,000 employee resource group members in chapters around the country participate in a variety of activities and events that help enrich their communities.

For example, the New York chapter of GLOBE worked with Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth to establish a work force development program to provide technology training for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The program also provides employer sensitivity training helping corporate America foster safe working environments for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender employees.

Verizon Communications

A Fortune 20 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $68 billion in annual revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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