Littler Mendelson P.C. issued the following announcement on March 28.
Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, received a perfect rating of 100 percent for the 11th consecutive year in the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Directed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the index is a nationwide benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices linked to LGBTQ workplace equality.
“We are proud to once again be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our ongoing efforts in advancing LGBTQ initiatives in the workplace,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler. “At Littler, we promote diversity and inclusion at every level to create a culture of belonging so that all of our employees can bring their whole and authentic selves to work every day.”
Littler’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 2019 CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices, including nondiscrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. The firm joins the ranks of 560 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.
“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do - it’s also good for business.”
To encourage professional growth, Littler’s Pride affinity group gives the firm’s LGBTQ employees and their allies a platform for networking and engaging with the LGBTQ community. Additionally, members of the firm hold leadership roles within Out Leadership and other regional organizations that focus on advancing opportunities for the LGBTQ community. Littler also has a number of programs designed to retain and promote a diverse workforce, including its award-winning Career Advocacy Program, Investment for Success Program and other meaningful initiatives. The firm continues to set the standard for diversity and inclusion in the industry as it earns recognition for its policies, practices and programs.
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