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Jackson Lewis Earns High Score on Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Annual Scorecard Assessing LGBTQ Workplace Equality

Jackson Lewis Earns High Score on Human Rights Campaign Foundation

NEW YORK, NY (January 21, 2020) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that it received a score of 95 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

“We are very proud of Jackson Lewis’ score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index and what this means for our workforce,” said Firm Co-Chairs William J. Anthony and Kevin G. Lauri. “Having a diverse and inclusive workforce is an important priority at the firm, and we are committed to maintaining an open and inclusive environment for our LGBTQ employees and allies. We promise to remain engaged in dialogue about how the firm can continue being a transparent, inclusive and fair workplace for all.”

The results of this year’s CEI showcase how companies based in the U.S. are not only promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies but also helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories including non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBTQ equality and responsible citizenship.

“Earning 95 percent on the CEI means we are working hard to ensure members of our workforce can bring their whole selves to work,” said Michelle E. Phillips, Co-Leader of the firm’s Out Professionals and Allies in Law (OPAL) resource group. “OPAL serves as a resource for our LGBTQ employees and allies to feel connected and empowered, and this score exemplifies the firm’s efforts to do so.”

Launched in 2002, the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index has become a roadmap and benchmarking tool for U.S. businesses in the evolving field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in the workplace. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

“The impact of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index over its 18-year history is profound. In this time, the corporate community has worked with us to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits, establishing the Corporate Equality Index as a primary driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion in America and across the globe,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “These companies know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do -- it is also the best business decision. In addition, many of these leaders are also advocating for the LGBTQ community and equality under the law in the public square. From supporting LGBTQ civil rights protections in the U.S. through HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, to featuring transgender and non-binary people in an ad in Argentina, to advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan -- businesses understand their LGBTQ employees and customers deserve to be seen, valued and respected not only at work, but in every aspect of daily life.”

The full 2020 CEI report is available to view here.

About Jackson Lewis 
Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C.’s 950+ attorneys located in major cities nationwide consistently identify and respond to new ways workplace law intersects business. We help employers develop proactive strategies, strong policies and business-oriented solutions to cultivate high-functioning workforces that are engaged, stable and diverse, and share our clients' goals to emphasize inclusivity and respect for the contribution of every employee.

Additional information about the firm can be found at jacksonlewis.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kendall Melidosian, Public Relations Specialist
T: (267) 319-7831 / E: Kendall.Melidosian@jacksonlewis.com 

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