ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (September 14, 2009) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces it has achieved a 100% rating for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work 2010 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 88 law firms achieved 100% ratings, eclipsing every other industry represented in the annual survey. Twenty-eight additional firms earned ratings of 80% or more. The full report is available at hrc.org/cei.
"We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more well-rounded law firm, and increasing our diversity and creating an inclusive workplace is a crucial component of our firm's strategic plan," said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. "It is an honor to be recognized for our many efforts in the Human Rights Campaign's 'Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index' annual report."
The Corporate Equality Index 2010 rated a total of 590 private employers in various industries. The ratings are based on several factors, including whether they 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.
“This rating would not be possible without the support of our entire firm,” said Director of Diversity Valerie A. Jackson. “We continue to expand our diversity efforts not only for the benefit of our firm and our employees but also for the value it brings to the legal profession.”
About the Human Rights Campaign
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.
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.