For the sixth consecutive year, Fried Frank was named one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," earning a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Released annually by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the CEI survey is the premier national benchmark for measuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality (LGBT) in the workplace.
Fried Frank has earned the top rating of 100 percent since 2006, the first year it participated in the survey. The top rating requires that recipient companies have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competence, publicly evidence their commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship. Specific measures for which Fried Frank earned praise include policies and practices protecting LGBT employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression; diversity training; and health care and domestic partnership benefits – including tax gross-up benefits to LGBT employees for disparate tax costs related to their coverage of same-sex domestic partners, same-sex spouses and their children.
Other LGBT-related initiatives at Fried Frank include the annual Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum, which brings civil rights leaders together with Fried Frank employees to discuss the most pressing issues facing the LGBT community, and sponsorship of the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference of the National LGBT Bar Association. In addition, Fried Frank’s robust pro bono program provides legal counsel on matters involving family law, marriage equality, gender identity, political asylum, HIV status and other issues.
This year, 931 businesses were rated in the CEI – including the entire Fortune 500.