The most gay-friendly Twin Cities employers

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released a study measuring hundreds of companies' friendliness to gay employees.

If their survey is any indication, Minnesota companies tend to do well by their GLBT employees. Thirteen Minnesota companies received perfect scores in the Corporate Equality Index.

The survey measured whether companies provide equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses as well as transgender employees and dependents. Companies were also expected to show public and internal commitment to the GLBT community.

The local companies receiving perfect scores were 3M Co., Ameriprise Financial Inc., Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Cargill, Dorsey & Whitney, Faegre & Benson, General Mills, Medtronic Inc., Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, Supervalu, U.S. Bancorp, and UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

Although Target did not receive a perfect score, the mammoth Minnesota corporation did surprisingly well, considering it was criticized for anti-gay policies earlier this year.

Lady Gaga dumped Target as the exclusive distributor of Born This Way over anti-gay political contributions Target had made, and the company earned bad press for suing a gay-rights group that was soliciting signatures outside a California store.

Target scored 85 out of 100 possible points, ranking it a better company for gay employees than the Mayo Clinic (70) and Hormel Foods (60), among others.

Inver Grove Heights-based CHS, Inc. received a score of zero, making it the worst Minnesota company on GLBT issues.

You can see the full study here.

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