Fried Frank, for the 11th consecutive year, earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation's premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The Firm is one of only 114 law firms and 571 businesses nationwide to achieve a 100 percent rating.
The 2019 CEI rated 1,028 business 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. The Firm's efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”
“The Firm remains committed to ensuring equality for its LGBTQ employees and are pleased that this commitment is once again reflected through our perfect score on the CEI Index,” said Michael J. Barker, real estate partner and chair of the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to further workplace equality for all of our employees.”
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.
The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer people.
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