LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been honored with a top ranking by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for its commitment to diversity and its policies against employment discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) workers.

Northrop Grumman, which received a 100-percent rating, was one of 259 companies that received a top ranking this year.

The seventh annual HRC Corporate Equality Index nationally surveyed a broad cross-section of 583 major companies. The organization rated companies based on whether employers have a written non-discrimination policy covering sexual orientation; offer inclusive health insurance, bereavement and family leave policies to employees with same-sex partners; offer diversity training; have GLBT employee resource groups; and engage in advertising and contributions to the GLBT community.

"We are proud to once again be recognized by the Human Right Campaign Foundation for our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment," said Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president of corporate responsibility. "Northrop Grumman understands that a diverse workforce is essential for success and innovation."

The company recently further underscored its commitment to the GLBT community by supporting the annual Out and Equal Workplace Summit held in Austin, Texas.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Tom Henson
Northrop Grumman Corporation
(310) 201-3458
thomas.henson@ngc.com