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Corporate Diversity Counseling

Strong diversity and inclusion performance is a business imperative. Among other factors, U.S. demographic changes are resulting in significantly more diverse workforces and customers, government agencies are intensifying anti-discrimination enforcement efforts, and 24-hour global communications have created new risks that could devastate corporate reputations and severely damage brands.

Overview

Our Corporate Diversity Counseling attorneys are frequently called upon to advise the nation’s largest and mid-sized companies as well as government agencies on complex issues involving diversity, inclusion, employment law, public policy, government relations and community outreach.

On a daily basis, we counsel clients on developing and implementing effective diversity strategies that protect the corporate brand and reputation, expand business opportunities, and create a competitive advantage by strengthening relationships with customers, employees, stockholders, regulators and the general public. In addition, our attorneys advise clients facing reputation-damaging allegations of serious race, gender and other forms of discrimination and harassment.

The attorneys in our Corporate Diversity Counseling practice bring to bear unique experience advising CEOs, General Counsel, and other senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, leaders of other complex organizations, as well as Federal and local government agency heads, in connection with:

  • Legal vulnerability assessments that examine current disputes and controversies; internal complaint processes; and employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims;
  • Preventive practices, such as reviews of HR policies and practices and workforce demographic trends to identify potential disparate impacts on protected classes;
  • D&I Diagnostic Assessments that help clients (a) understand and benchmark their D&I performance, and (b) formulate plans to enhance company-wide D&I;
  • Reviews of D&I in corporate governance, workforce, and supplier and business partner relationships, to enhance D&I programs, performance and profile;
  • Proactive crisis prevention and mitigation strategies and long-term solutions to avoid or limit financial, business, and management disruptions and reputation damage; and
  • D&I community outreach efforts, including women and civil rights groups, government relations, strategic communications, corporate image, and targeted philanthropy.
     

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June 28, 2013

Supreme Court Reaffirms Affirmative Action in Public University Setting Requires Strict Scrutiny

June 28, 2013

The United States Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 345, 570 U.S. ___ (2013), has arrived without the massive change to affirmative action law that many commentators predicted, but may have increased the burden on affirmative action proponents in public higher education. Since... Read More

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June 7, 2015
Crain's Detroit Business

Rod Gillum Discusses the Business Case for Racial Equity

June 7, 2015

Rod Gillum discusses the business case for racial equity in Crain’s Detroit Business in “Facing up to race: It's a business issue, too.” Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

March 19, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Weldon Latham Named to Savoy's "2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers" List

March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Weldon H. Latham, Washington, D.C. Region Shareholder and Chair, Corporate Diversity Counseling Group, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s “2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers... Read More

April 1, 2013
Corporate Counsel

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Author the Article "It's a Systemic World Out There"

April 1, 2013

Jackson Lewis attorneys author "It's A Systemic World Out There," published by Corporate Counsel Magazine. Read More