Fried Frank has achieved the top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's 2018 Corporate Equality Index for the 10th consecutive year. The Firm is one of only 127 law firms and 609 companies nationwide to achieve a 100 percent rating. Additionally, Fried Frank is included on the list of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
First launched in 2002 by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Corporate Equality Index is the nationally recognized benchmarking report for businesses to gauge the level of LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace against competitors. The top rating requires that recipient companies have fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBTQ competence, publicly evidence their commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship. The 2018 Corporate Equality Index rated 947 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.
In addition to maintaining inclusive policies, Fried Frank's LGBTQ Resource Group hosts the annual Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum, which brings civil rights leaders, colleagues, and clients, together with Firm employees to discuss the most pressing social justice matters facing the community, including issues of LGBTQ rights. The Firm also sponsors the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference of the National LGBT Bar Association. Fried Frank's robust pro bono program, a core tenet of the Firm's mission, provides legal counsel on matters involving family law, marriage equality, gender identity, asylum, HIV status and other LGBTQ-related issues.