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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, 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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May 11, 2017

Diversity, Inclusion and Training: What Does This Look Like for the Workforce of the Future?

May 11, 2017

Corporate Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”) programs have evolved from the concern of a few forward-thinking corporations over 25 years ago, to a mainstream business imperative today. Rapid U.S. population demographic changes are remaking the workforce. Companies large and small are already facing the reality of overwhelmingly diverse... Read More

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November 13, 2017
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Jennifer Shoaf Richardson Explains How Women Lawyers Can 'Be Heard'

November 13, 2017

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson explains how women lawyers can ensure lawmakers hear their ideas and where they stand on issues in "Lawyers get advice on how to ‘be heard,’" published by the Jax Daily Record.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 13, 2017
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Vincent Cino is Highlighted as a Law Firm Leader Focused on Building a Collaborative Culture

November 13, 2017

Vincent Cino is highlighted as a law firm leader that focuses on the importance of building leadership and values to create a collaborative culture in "Why Law Firm Leaders Should Embrace The Limelight," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 10, 2017
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ Signatories Gather to Take Actionable Steps Toward Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

November 10, 2017

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 10, 2017) Today, 70 leading corporate and academic signatories of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ (CEO Action), convened for an inaugural closed-door discussion. This session was designed for CEOs to identify short and long-term actions that the business community can achieve within their own... Read More

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