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UScellular Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index

For the fourth year in a row, wireless carrier earns 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual assessment of LGBTQ+ workplace equality

Chicago (January 27, 2022) – UScellular announced that it received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. UScellular joins the ranks of over 840 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“At UScellular, we celebrate our diverse workforce and are proud to receive this recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation,” said Deirdre Drake, executive vice president and chief people officer at UScellular. “Our commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion is a part of our culture and our values as a company. However, our work is never complete and we continue to look for ways to enhance the experience of our LGBTQ+ associates.”

“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers—from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns—could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to UScellular for achieving the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and working to advance inclusion in the workplace.”

The results of the 2022 CEI showcase how 1,271 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 56% of CEI-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ+ inclusion in workplaces abroad. UScellular’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

●      Non-discrimination policies across business entities;

●      Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families;

●      Supporting an inclusive culture; and,

●      Corporate social responsibility.

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

This is the fourth year in a row that UScellular received a top score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. In 2021, UScellular was also honored with Top Workplace awards by the Oklahoman, The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, Des Moines Register, Knoxville News Sentinel and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. UScellular’s commitment to a culture of inclusivity has garnered additional awards over the past year, including the Multicultural Woman’s Award and Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity.

About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com. Connect with UScellular on social media at facebook.com/uscellular, twitter.com/uscellular, instagram.com/uscellular, YouTube.com/uscellularcorp and linkedin.com/company/uscellular.

About Human Rights Campaign Foundation

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.