LawFuel.com – September 14, 2009 -(New York, NY) – International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has received the highest rating – 100 percent – from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in its annual Corporate Equality Index for the fourth straight year. Nixon Peabody is one of 88 law firms and 305 businesses nationwide to receive a 100 percent rating this year. In 2006, Nixon Peabody was among the first to receive a perfect rating — one of only 12 law firms to make the list at the time.
The HRC is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The HRC’s Corporate Equality Index measures companies on their comprehensive workplace polices for LGBT employees.
“We are honored and pleased that for the fourth consecutive year the HRC has recognized our firm’s efforts to promote and enhance diversity,” said Francoise Hanonik, Chief Human Resources Officer. “As part of our commitment to attracting, developing and retaining the right talent, we recognize that it is more important than ever to develop and promote innovative human resources policies and initiatives for our diverse population.”
In order to receive a perfect rating from the HRC, employers must provide:
• Diversity training
• A nondiscrimination policy which includes sexual orientation
• Inclusive health insurance, bereavement, and family leave policies to all firm employees with same-sex partners
• Firm wide diversity committee including an LGBT affinity group
Nixon Peabody was one of the first law firms in the country to extend health and welfare coverage to domestic partners. The firm offers a variety of benefits and programs that support the diversity of lawyers and employees including: health care, dental and life insurance coverage for domestic partners; a gender-neutral, four-week paid parenting leave, and affinity groups which provide a forum and supportive environment for diverse attorneys and staff.
“Diversity is a core value of the firm,” added Kendal H. Tyre, a Partner and Chair of the firm’s Diversity Action Committee. “Our strong reputation for diversity is a contributing factor for many of our clients when they consider engaging our firm. We are committed to creating a workplace environment where we celebrate our wide range of backgrounds and cultures.”
Nixon Peabody’s Diversity Action Committee includes attorneys and senior managers who are responsible for maintaining a sense of diversity and inclusiveness that is fostered throughout the firm from workplace policies and benefits programs to the recruitment, retention and promotion of attorneys and personnel, and community giving programs.
The 2010 HRC Corporate Equality Index report and ratings can be found at: http://www.hrc.org/cei.
About Nixon Peabody
Nixon Peabody LLP is recognized as a “Global 100” law firm—one of the largest in the world. With 800 attorneys collaborating across major practice areas in 17 cities, including Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rochester, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, the firm’s size, diversity, and advanced technological resources enable it to offer comprehensive legal services to individuals and organizations of all sizes in local, state, national, and international matters. Nixon Peabody LLP was recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies To Work For®” three years in a row. The firm has also been named to the Human Rights Campaign’s 2010 “Best Places To Work For LGBT Equality” list.