Fried Frank has achieved the top rating of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the ninth consecutive year. The Firm is one of only 112 law firms, and 517 companies nationwide, to achieve a 100 percent rating. Additionally, Fried Frank is included on the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” list.
First launched in 2002 by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the CEI is the nationally recognized benchmarking report for businesses to gauge the level of LGBT 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 LGBT competence, publicly evidence their commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship. The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.
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.
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