NEW YORK (January 10, 2008) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that this week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its annual list of the "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality," naming the Firm, for the second year in a row, among the 195 companies that achieved this honor. This recognition is given to companies who earn a 100 percent on the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, which measures policies and practices implemented to promote fairness and equality in the workplace for GLBT employees.
"We honor the companies awarded for being the 'Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality,'" said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Each of these companies is working hard to transform their workplaces and make them safer for millions of employees around the country. We can now say that at least 10 million employees are protected on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity on the job."
The HRC is the largest national lesbian and gay political organization with members throughout the country.
McDermott's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Diversity Committee is led by New York partner Lisa Linsky. The Committee's goal is to develop Firm-wide policies, programs and initiatives to maintain a supportive environment for all of our employees regardless of transgender or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
McDermott Will & Emery's commitment to diversity arises from this clear, simple and indisputable principle: diversity is necessary for us to achieve excellence in all aspects of providing services to our clients. The Firm has three diversity committees: the Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee, the Gender Diversity Committee and the LGBT Diversity Committee, all of whose chairs report directly to the Firm's management on recommendations for diversity-related policies, procedures and initiatives that they believe need to be pursued. These initiatives can range from hiring, retention and promotion to ensuring that diversity remains a key component in all major Firm-wide strategic decisions.