Burr & Forman LLP recently scored a 90 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (“CEI”), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (“LGBTQ”) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The firm’s score reflects a commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.
Burr & Forman’s Diversity Committee was behind the Corporate Equality Index effort, ensuring the firm had several policies in place to participate in the survey. The firm’s Diversity Committee at Burr & Forman is made up of attorneys from across the firm’s 19 offices and is tasked with creating and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the firm. Over the past year, the Diversity Committee has successfully helped pass a paternity leave policy, created affinity groups for the firm and offered unconscious bias training for all attorneys.
“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also good for business.”
The 2019 CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. For more information on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.