Shook, Hardy & Bacon has earned 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC’s) 2014 Corporate Equality Index, a top rating that once again secures the firm a place on HRC’s list of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
“It’s a tremendous honor for Shook to have received a 100-percent rating in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year,” said Shook Chair John Murphy. “Embracing diversity by providing equal opportunities for our LGBT staff and attorneys to achieve their career goals is the way we do business. Our clients demand that we bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the resolution of their legal issues, and we welcome that obligation by continually assessing how best to foster an inclusive environment. We also support LGBT programs in the larger community to join other responsible businesses in removing any lingering barriers to full participation by every individual regardless of sexual orientation.”
The 2014 Corporate Equality Index rated more than 930 U.S. employers in various industries; more than 145 law firms were ranked, including a majority of The American Lawyer’s 200 highest-grossing law firms. Shook was one of 81 law firms to receive a 100-percent score.
The current survey examined various industries’ workplace protections and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees across the United States. Law firms and other companies were evaluated on a scale from 0 to 100 using criteria that included whether the businesses provide inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits and demonstrate public engagement with the LGBT community.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve LGBT equality.