Shook Earns Seventh Consecutive Perfect Score in HRC’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Shook, Hardy & Bacon received a score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index, a report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. This is Shook’s seventh consecutive 100 percent score from HRC.

“Seven years in, it is just as thrilling to receive top marks from HRC’s Corporate Equality Index as it was the first year, perhaps even more so,” said Chair John Murphy. “Our clients, our attorneys and our professional staff all benefit from our efforts to pursue equality for all. We are honored to once again be named among the best places to work for LGBT equality.”

To prepare its 2016 Corporate Equality Index, HRC evaluated LGBT-related policies and practices like non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits and public engagement with the LGBT community at 1,027 businesses; 156 law firms participated, including all of those appearing on the American Lawyer's list of the 200 highest-grossing firms. Of the law firms evaluated, 95 received a perfect 100 percent. For Kansas City-based companies, Shook was one of three companies who received a 100 percent score, and one of two law firms to earn the perfect score.

“For several years, Shook has been known as a leader among law firms for our diversity and inclusion efforts,” said Kori Carew, Shook’s director of strategic diversity initiatives. “This rating confirms our firm’s long-standing commitment and, more importantly, our dedication to sustaining an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.” 

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve LGBT equality.