It really does get better — and better, and better — for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
This past June, the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), resulting in more-equal treatment of gay and lesbian couples for purposes of federal benefits. Around the country, 15 states and the District of Columbia now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which bans workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, is closer than ever to passage, having already made it through the Senate by a comfortable margin (64-32, reflecting bipartisan support).
Meanwhile, in the private sector, employers are becoming more and more welcoming of LGBT individuals. That’s the top-line finding of the Human Rights Campaign’s latest Corporate Equality Index — in which law firms are particularly well-represented….
From the HRC’s full report:
In this 12th edition of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a record 304 businesses achieved a top rating of 100 percent. In the first CEI in 2002, just 13 businesses achieved a top score of 100 percent. The top rated businesses this year span nearly every industry and major geography of the United States.
Even if the top-scoring businesses come from “nearly every industry,” one industry stood above the rest. Pat yourselves on the back, lawyers. From the HRC’s special report on law firms:
Law firms have been surveyed as part of the CEI since 2006. This year, more than 145 law firms, including a majority of American Lawyer 200 firms, participated in the CEI. Of these firms, 81 received a perfect 100-percent score, establishing law firms as the most represented industry among participants receiving a perfect score. Another 38 firms received a 90-percent score.
That’s an increase from last year, when 71 firms scored 100 on the index.
Did your law firm receive a perfect score on the latest Corporate Equality Index? Here’s the full list:
Congratulations to these 81 firms for being recognized as “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” and congratulations to the legal profession on being the top industry in the survey. Doesn’t it feel good to be on the right side of history?
UPDATE (1:55 p.m.): As noted in the comments, Dewey & LeBoeuf is probably not a “best place to work” for any demographic. It’s not clear why it’s on this year’s list (or even last year’s list, which came out in November 2012 — months after Dewey’s May 2012 bankruptcy filing).
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