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AEP recognized for stance on gay rights

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A national organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities has recognized AEP for the company's support of gay rights.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave the Columbus, Ohio-based power company a score of 80 out of 100 on the foundation's annual Corporate Equality Index, which assesses employers' policies, benefits and practices for members of the LGBT community.

"AEP is dedicated to supporting its LGBT community and is honored to have earned an 80 on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index," AEP president Nicholas K. Akins said in a company press release.

"We are committed to fostering a workplace in which we respect one another and embrace our differences so that all employees can find their work rewarding and bring their best to their respective jobs."

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation evaluated 734 businesses for the 2014 report, which takes into account non-discrimination workplace policies, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community, according AEP spokeswoman YaVonda Ulfig.

Ulfig said AEP offers benefits to same-sex couples and families and provides adoption assistance and paid leave for adoptive parents. The company also operates a Pride Partnership to help with mentoring and networking for LGBT employees, contractors and allies, and supports the larger LGBT community.

AEP provides electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states, including West Virginia.

Reach Rusty Marks at or 304-348-1215.



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