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ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (October 4, 2010) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces it has achieved for the second year in a row a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work 2011 Survey. The survey rates businesses on a scale from zero to 100% on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, consumers and investors. This year 97 law firms achieved 100% ratings, eclipsing every other industry represented in the annual survey. The full report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.
"Each of us plays an important role in helping achieve a diverse and inclusive workplace, which is a crucial component of our firm's strategic plan. I thank everyone for supporting our efforts not only at our firm but also within the greater legal community," said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. "It is an honor to be recognized for our many efforts in the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index annual report."
The Corporate Equality Index 2011 rated a total of 618 employers in various industries. The ratings are based on several factors, including whether the employers have a written non-discrimination policy and training covering sexual orientation and gender identity; provide insurance that covers transgender-related treatments; support same-sex partners of employees with health insurance, bereavement and family leave policies; have LGBT employee groups; engage in appropriate and respectful advertising to the community; contribute to community organizations; and decline to engage in any activities that would undermine the goal of equal rights for LGBT people.
SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.