CHICAGO (December 9, 2013) – For the eighth year in a row, international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP was named one of the “Best Places to Work” in the United States for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the largest LGBT equal-rights organization and advocacy group in the country. McDermott once again earned a perfect score (100 percent) on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices with respect to LGBT employees.
"McDermott is thrilled to be named to the HRC Corporate Equality Index for the eighth consecutive year with a 100 percent score,” said Lisa A. Linsky, Trial group partner and partner-in-charge of LGBT Diversity and Inclusion at McDermott. “The Firm has an authentic commitment to diversity and has been a pioneer in the area of LGBT inclusion. We are proud to partner with HRC in raising the bar to ensure full equality in the workplace."
Launched in 2002, HRC’s Corporate Equality Index has become a roadmap for U.S. businesses in the evolving field of LGBT workplace equality. Businesses are rated on a scale from 0 to 100, with a certain number of points awarded for meeting each criterion. This year CEI saw the largest growth in the survey’s history.
The four main objectives of HRC’s CEI criteria are to provide equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses; to end benefits discrimination for transgender employees and dependents; to demonstrate firm-wide organizational competency on LGBT issues; and to demonstrate firm-wide public commitment to the LGBT community.
HRC’s five measures that make up the CEI score include: 1) Equal employment opportunity policy – sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; 2) Employment benefits, including equivalent spousal and partner benefits, and transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage; 3) Organizational LGBT competency, specifically competency training, resources or accountability measures that demonstrate a firm-wide commitment to diversity and cultural competency; 4) Public commitment – must demonstrate ongoing LGBT-specific engagement that extends across the firm including, for example, LGBT employee recruitment efforts and philanthropic or public support for LGBT organizations and/or LGBT equality under the law; and 5) Responsible citizenship – no known activity that would undermine LGBT equality.
For more information about the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org.
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, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Further extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.