For the ninth consecutive year, Nixon Peabody LLP has demonstrated its diversity leadership by scoring 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.
The index is a national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees.
“Nixon Peabody has long been a leader regarding workplace equality and diversity,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO and managing partner. “We are vigilant about maintaining an environment that values and supports all our lawyers and employees, and treats them equally without regard to gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identification.”
Nixon Peabody was one of the first law firms to extend health and welfare coverage to domestic partners, and offers a variety of benefits and programs that support the diversity of its employees. In the last year alone, the firm has undertaken such efforts as developing and presenting “Increasing Our Trans Consciousness: How to understand, effectively interact with and represent transgender people in a business and legal setting,” a CLE on the elimination of bias. The firm is also advocating on behalf of the American Unity Fund for the enactment of a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
To receive a perfect rating from the HRC, employers must provide diversity training; a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation; inclusive health insurance, bereavement and family leave policies to all firm employees with same-sex partners; and a firmwide diversity committee, including an LGBT affinity group.
The 2015 HRC Corporate Equality Index report and ratings can be found at www.hrc.org/cei.