Texas Nonprofit Agency Receives National Award

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January 23, 2017

Edie Surtees, Disability Rights Texas
512-407-2739, esurtees@DRTx.org

Emily McGee, WorldatWork
202-315-5514, emily.mcgee@worldatwork.org

AUSTIN— WorldatWork, a nonprofit HR association and compensation authority, is proud to announce that Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) has earned WorldatWork’s Seal of Distinction for 2017.

The seal is a unique mark of excellence designed to identify organizational success in total rewards effectiveness. DRTx is one of 160 organizations to be honored as a 2017 recipient.

Disability Rights Texas has offices in Austin, Dallas, El Paso Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio and serves people with disabilities throughout the state.

“We are honored to receive this award because we have worked hard to show our employees how much we value them and their commitment to our agency’s mission,” said Mary Faithfull, Executive Director of DRTx. “Our employees are passionate about their work, and they are the reason that DRTx is successful in getting justice for thousands of people with disabilities each year who have faced discrimination.”

Begun in 2012, the prestigious Seal of Distinction is awarded to companies that meet defined standards of workplace programs, policies and practices weighted on several factors, such as the complexity of implementation, required organizational resources, perceived breadth of access and overall level of commitment from leadership. Applicants are evaluated on:

  • Health & wellness
  • Pay for time not worked
  • Unpaid time off
  • Retirement
  • Perquisites
  • Base pay
  • Bonus programs
  • Short-term incentives
  • Long-term incentives
  • Performance management
  • Recognition
  • Development opportunities
  • Caring for dependents
  • Culture initiatives & community involvement
  • Financial wellness
  • Workplace flexibility
  • Workforce experience


“We congratulate all of the recipients of the 2017 Seal of Distinction. These recipients represent a wide variety of industries from across the U.S. and Canada, showing that the total rewards model applies to employers and employees everywhere,” stated Anne C. Ruddy, president and CEO of WorldatWork. “This year, we saw the highest number of applicants since the Seal of Distinction was created. I’m confident that this means an increasing number of companies are recognizing the importance of a workplace environment that benefits both the employer and employee.”

This year’s recipients represent industries of education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals – and hail from 36 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

Texas organizations receiving the 2017 Seal of Distinction include:

  • Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Children’s Health
  • City of Southlake
  • Dell Inc.
  • Disability Rights Texas
  • Geokinetics
  • Lloyd’s Register Americas Inc.
  • MOGAS Industries, Inc.
  • Ryan, LLC
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Texas Instruments

See the complete list of all 160 recipients.

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Disability Rights Texas (previously named Advocacy, Inc.) is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Our mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society. For more information on the scope of our services, visit www.DRTx.org.

WorldatWork is a nonprofit human resources association and compensation authority for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits and total rewards. It’s our mission to empower professionals to become masters in their fields. We do so by providing thought leadership in total rewards disciplines from the world’s most respected experts; ensuring access to timely, relevant content; and fostering an active community of total rewards practitioners and leaders.

WorldatWork has more than 70,000 members and subscribers worldwide; more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with more than 70 human resources associations around the world.