NEW YORK – September 18, 2007 –Holland & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that the firm received a rating of 100 – the highest possible rating – in the Human Rights Campaign’s sixth annual Corporate Equality Index.
The Corporate Equality Index, which this year rates 519 businesses, measures the extent to which employers protect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees. The Index rates employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of GLBT employees, consumers and investors. Ratings are based on factors like non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees.
“Holland & Knight is proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index with its highest possible rating,” said Holland & Knight Managing Partner Howell W. Melton, Jr. “Diversity is a core value of our firm. It is our goal to be a diversity leader and the law firm most reflective of and responsive to our clients and the communities we serve.”
“More businesses than ever before have recognized the value of a diverse and dedicated workforce,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “More importantly, these employers understand that discrimination against GLBT workers will ultimately hurt their ability to compete in the global marketplace.”
Holland & Knight, along with other employers that received a 100 rating, will be honored at an awards reception in New York City to be held on October 17.
About Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,150 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Beijing, Tokyo and Mexico City, with representative offices in Caracas, Helsinki and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the world’s 15 largest firms, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Our interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location. www.hklaw.com