4 January 2012 – LawFuel.com Law Firm News –
Chicago, USA, December 20, 2012 – For the third consecutive year, Baker & McKenzie was named by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as one of the “Best Places to Work” in the United States for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. This notable distinction is in recognition of the Firm’s perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index.
“Baker & McKenzie is proud to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” said Philip F. Suse, Baker & McKenzie’s North American Managing Partner. “We are pleased to share this honor with our many clients that also received a perfect score of 100, which I think speaks to our common commitment to fostering diversity in the workplace.”
Baker & McKenzie received a perfect score for all the rating criteria measured in the survey, including inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, equal employment benefits, organizational LGBT competency, evidence of a commitment to equality and responsible citizenship.
“This recognition from the HRC underscores the Firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion – not only in the area of LGBT diversity but across many dimensions of diversity,” said Floyd Mills, Baker & McKenzie’s Director of Diversity for North America.
Earlier this year, the Firm was named one the Best Law Firms for Women by the National Association for Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers. In addition, MultiCultural Law magazine ranked the Firm as one of the “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity” for 2012.
“Corporate America continues to raise the bar in workplace fairness,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “LGBT-inclusive workplace policies are not only the right thing to do and good business practices, they are the new normal.” This is further demonstrated by the number of employers officially rated in the CEI. This number has skyrocketed from 319 in 2002, to 688 this year, a jump of 116 percent.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
For more information about Baker & McKenzie’s diversity and inclusion efforts, please visit: http://www.bakermckenzie.com/nadiversity.