Lowe's to add 'Gender identity or expression to discrimination policies

By BTL Staff

Lowe's Companies, Inc., a national home improvement retailer, plans to add the terms "gender identity or expression" to its Equal Employment Opportunity policy due in large part to pressure from the Equity Foundation.

Equity Foundation in Portland, Ore., in partnership with Trillium Asset Management Corporation in Boston, was a leader in the effort to file a proxy with Lowe's encouraging them to change its policies.

Equity Foundation Executive Director Peter Cunningham said, "Equity Foundation is elated about Lowe's including gender identity and expression in their discrimination policies. We realize that our work is not finished, but can celebrate that our transgender brothers and sisters will be protected in the hiring practices of Lowe's. I am excited that Equity Foundation exists not just as a grant making organization, but to also help change the corporate world -- it means that our donors' dollars help change society in more than one way."

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