NEW YORK (December 8, 2011) — For the seventh consecutive year, McDermott Will & Emery LLP earned a perfect score (100 percent) on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and has been voted one of the “Best Places to Work” in the United States for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Of particular note, in 2011, McDermott implemented a cutting-edge benefits policy that provides full health coverage for transgender employees. The Firm is one of only a handful of top AmLaw 100 law firms to have officially implemented such benefits.
The 2012 HRC rankings are based on the third version of the CEI criteria which includes comprehensive requirements concerning domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive benefits, organizational competency on LGBT issues and external engagement with the LGBT community for all companies to meet. The criteria for the index also assesses six broad measures of organizational support for policies and practices that promote fairness and equality in the workplace for LGBT employees.
“We are extremely pleased to be honored and recognized once again by HRC for the hard-work and foresight our Firm has dedicated to promoting LGBT diversity and inclusion throughout our global workplace,” said Lisa A. Linsky, McDermott’s partner-in-charge of Firm-wide LGBT Diversity and Inclusion. “Over the past year, McDermott has focused on furthering the Firm’s commitment to LGBT diversity and inclusion by significantly expanding and enhancing our track record to maintain one of the best places to work within the legal industry for LGBT attorneys and employees. We believe that by implementing innovative diversity policies and creating an environment of authentic inclusion we can attract and retain top talent and serve as a model for other firms and companies.”
Launched in 2002, HRC’s Corporate Equality Index has become a roadmap for U.S. businesses in the evolving field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. Businesses are rated on a scale from 0 to 100, with a certain number of points awarded for meeting each criterion.
HRC’s six CEI measures include: 1). Non-discrimination policy, diversity training — sexual orientation; 2). Non-discrimination policy, diversity training & benefits — gender identity or expression; 3). Domestic partner benefits; 4). LGBT employee resource group / diversity council; 5). Engages in appropriate and respectful advertising and marketing or sponsors LGBT community events or organizations; and 6). Employer exhibits responsible behavior toward the LGBT community.
McDermott Will & Emery’s commitment to diversity is founded on the belief that diversity is necessary to achieve excellence in all aspects of client service. The Firm is committed to a culture that values and nurtures diversity and appreciates its importance in attracting and retaining exceptional talent. To meet this commitment, McDermott has established diversity programs and practices which have helped the Firm to encourage a breadth of ideas, experiences, perspectives and insights that are necessary to meet the challenges of today's global economy.
About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.