Shook Earns Top Rating on HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced today that Shook, Hardy & Bacon has earned a top rating of 100 percent in its 2010 Corporate Equality Index and has been named to the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” list.

"Our commitment to a diverse workplace has led us to appreciate how organizations such as HRC can help us challenge stereotypes and learn what it takes to give everyone in our firm, regardless of sexual orientation, the opportunity to succeed,” said Shook Chair John Murphy.

Shook is one of 88 U.S. law firms to achieve a 100 percent rating. A total of 127 law firms were surveyed, all but three of which are ranked among The American Lawyer’s 200 highest-grossing law firms.

Shook Diversity Committee Chair Gay Tedder observed how important it is to recruit, hire and promote LGBT individuals "because inclusion can only make us stronger, and our clients expect no less of their outside counsel. We are honored by HRC's recognition and have worked hard to develop policies that allow everyone to feel welcome and valued."

The HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index examines various industries’ corporate policies affecting LGBT employees across the nation. This year’s survey rates law firms and other companies on a scale from 0 percent to 100 percent on several factors, including whether the businesses have written non-discrimination policies and training that covers sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation believes “all Americans should have the opportunity to care for their families, earn a living, serve their country and live open, honest and safe lives at home, at work and in their community.”