Nearly 80% of law firms in the United States have earned top scores and are setting a new standard for LGBTQ workplace equality and inclusion, announced the Human Rights Campaign (“HRC”). The legal field has earned the highest rate of any industry, scoring almost perfectly on the equality benchmark with top-tier inclusion efforts.
As reported by Law360, “Out of the 160 firms surveyed for the 16th edition of the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, 127 firms got a perfect score of 100, contributing to a record-breaking 609 businesses that earned recognition as being a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.’”
This year, 344 Fortune 500 companies, 104 Fortune 1000 companies, 160 law firms, and another 339 additional businesses were included in the CEI report. The rating system takes into account four major components when scoring businesses and their LGBTQ inclusion in the workforce. The criteria involve: nondiscrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ employees and their families, internal education and accountability metrics to promote LGBTQ inclusion competency, and public commitment to LGBTQ equality.
“The highly competitive legal field continues to be the sector with the largest number of top-rated employers in the Corporate Equality Index,” Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program, said in the announcement. “Law firm leaders know that LGBTQ inclusion is absolutely essential in attracting and retaining top attorneys and staff.”
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