Hogan Lovells Receives Perfect Score on HRC Corporate Equality Index and Named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality
08 December 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 December 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that for the third consecutive year, the firm has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a 100-percent Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rating and named a best place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The HRC’s CEI, which adopted new ratings criteria for the 2012 edition, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees.
“Hogan Lovells is committed to fostering a work environment where people of diverse backgrounds can flourish,” said co-Chair of Hogan Lovells’ Global Board and Chief Diversity Officer Claudette Christian. “Receiving a 100-percent rating on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index is a direct reflection of our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace, which allows us to attract and retain some of the world’s best and brightest lawyers.”
Earlier this year, Mark W. Brennan, an associate in Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C. office, was selected as a "Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40" by The National LGBT Bar Association for his professional accomplishments and commitment to equality.
For the CEI, businesses are rated on numerous factors, including having an equal employment opportunity policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, extending inclusive employee benefits, demonstrating sustained and accountable commitment to diversity and cultural competency, and maintaining LGBT-specific engagement that extends across the firm, among others.
In September 2011, Hogan Lovells US LLP announced that effective January 1, 2012, the firm will amend its health insurance plans to be trans inclusive, meaning that a number of benefits previously excluded for transgender treatments and procedures will be covered. In July, Hogan Lovells announced that effective July 1, 2011 it would provide a tax “gross up” for employees who are taxed on the value of eligible health insurance benefits (medical, dental and vision) as a result of covering their same-sex spouses or same-sex domestic partners under the Hogan Lovells US LLP health and welfare plans.
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.