Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has been named to the list of highest-ranked businesses on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the seventh annual equality index produced by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Fried Frank received a 100 percent CEI rating, which analyzes businesses on a scale of 0-100% on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, consumers and investors. The CEI evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits, at 600 businesses in the United States.
"We believe in having a diverse environment that is reflective of the community where our attorneys, staff and clients live and work," said Michael Rivera, Washington, DC securities partner and the co-chair of the Firm's Diversity Committee. "Our top score on the Corporate Equality Index is indicative of our goals of establishing a workplace that values diversity, embraces differences, and respects individuality."
Fried Frank participates in LGBT career fairs and conferences, such as Lavender Law and LeGal; provides outreach at law schools and job fairs, and provides financial support to a number of LGBT organizations at law schools. An integral part of Fried Frank's ongoing diversity initiatives is to provide financial sponsorship and facilitate attorney participation to support law students, bar associations and community groups committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession and social equality for all people.
"For more than a decade, Fried Frank has supported LGBT-specific career fairs and conferences – which bring together LGBT students and attorneys from across the US – in addition to directly reaching to LGBT students at more than 25 law schools nationwide, as part of its recruitment process," said Robert Edwards, Fried Frank's New York Director of Legal Recruitment.
The CEI is compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization in the US that works to achieve LGBT equality by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring equal treatment under the law and increasing public support through education and outreach programs.