Orbitz Receives Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's 2014 Corporate Equality Index

Mon Dec 9, 2013 11:38am EST

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CHICAGO, Dec. 9, 2013 -- Orbitz Worldwide received a perfect score of 100 percent for the seventh consecutive year and is recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," according to the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion and provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses with 303 achieving the top rating and earning the distinction of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality." Orbitz satisfies all of the CEI's criteria resulting in receiving a perfect score including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Orbitz is the only online travel company to receive a perfect score in the 2014 CEI.

For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

"Orbitz is proud to receive a perfect Corporate Equality Index score for the seventh consecutive year. Equality is core to our company's values and is reflected in how we do business around the world and how we treat our employees and millions of customers," said Barney Harford, CEO of Orbitz Worldwide. "Orbitz was the only online travel agency to sign the amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and was an early supporter of the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition."

Orbitz Worldwide employs almost 1,500 employees, including nearly 800 at its Chicago corporate headquarters. Orbitz was the first online travel company to launch a microsite dedicated to gay and lesbian travel. The core values of tolerance, non-discrimination and equality are an integral part of Orbitz employment practices and marketing efforts. These core values have earned the company HRC's Corporate Equality Award as well as two GLAAD Awards for LGBT-inclusive advertising. Visit www.gayorbitz.com to see why Orbitz is one of the top travel sites for LGBT travelers.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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About Orbitz.com
Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities.  Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world's largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program-the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide.  Customers can earn up to 5% towards future hotel stays when booking hotels and 1% towards future hotel stays when booking either standalone flights or eligible vacation packages.   Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at www.orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app for iPhone is one of only 48 apps out of nearly 900,000 available apps chosen by Apple to be inducted into its App Store Hall of Fame.  Orbitz members get exclusive access to Insider Steals hotel deals, promotions and other saving opportunities. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog.  Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW).

About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel.  Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com).  Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes.  Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.

Media Contact: Marita Hudson Thomas, +1-312-260-8304, marita.thomas@orbitz.com




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