Corprate Bias Ratings
Hilton fired an employee for not working Sunday shifts due to religious purposes in 2016; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) later prosecuted the case successfully. Hilton vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. Hilton has signed open letters supporting the Equality Act and opposing Florida's Parental Rights in Education law. Hilton funds multiple LGBTQ organizations and applies additional scrutiny to religious charities in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Hilton receives a High Risk rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
In 2016, Hilton fired a woman who refused to work on Sundays due to religious convictions, after initially accommodating her requests. The EEOC ruled in her favor in 2019 (1). Hilton received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (2)(3).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Hilton’s foundation charitable giving guidelines require that “the particular program will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the company” (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Hilton has signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act and opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which prohibits the teaching of gender identity and sexual orientation ideology to children in K-3rd grade (1)(2). Hilton also denounced the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill, which required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex (3). CEO Christopher Nassetta is a member of the Business Roundtable, (4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Hilton has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). Hilton donated to the National Urban League (3). Hilton is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal and a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (4)(5).
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November 28, 2023
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