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Human Rights Campaign names Raytheon a "Best Place to Work" for LGBT equality for 12th Straight Year

WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The nonprofit advocacy group Human Rights Campaign has named Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) as a 2017 "Best Place to Work" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. The Washington, D.C.-based HRC gave Raytheon a perfect 100 percent rating for the twelfth consecutive year.

HRC, the largest LGBT civil rights group in the U.S., surveyed more than 1,000 businesses for its annual Corporate Equality Index. The survey evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.

"Every perfect score on the CEI reaffirms our diversity and inclusion achievements," said Emanuel Brady, vice president and chief diversity officer for Raytheon. "We will continue to partner with our leadership, employees and pacesetters like the Human Rights Campaign to ensure an environment in which every single employee feels valued and empowered to bring their whole self to work."

Raytheon has long been a diversity pioneer in the aerospace and defense sector. In January 2002, it became one of the first in the industry to adopt a benefits policy for domestic partners. In 2005, it became the first defense company to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. And in June 2016, Raytheon became the first in its field to offer a paid parental leave benefit to all employees.

For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About the Human Rights Campaign

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.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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