Pepper Hamilton LLP has achieved a 100 percent rating on The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for 2015. The HRC report, which was released on November 19, 2014, shows the number of businesses with perfect ratings based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace policies and benefits rose by twenty-one percent in the past twelve months. The 2015 edition of the Corporate Equality Index, which rates 781 businesses on a scale from 0 to 100 percent, reports 366 businesses achieved top ratings, compared to 303 of 934 last year. Eighty-nine of American Lawyer magazine’s 200 largest law firms received 100 percent ratings.
Thomas J. Cole, Jr., managing partner with Pepper Hamilton, said, “We are proud to have achieved a top rating on the Corporate Equality Index for the third time and be included on the HRC’s list of Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. Our firm is committed to providing a work environment that is supportive and inclusive of all our employees, no matter their race, gender or sexual orientation.”
Led by Pepper partner Nicholas M. Kouletsis, Pepper Pride!, the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group is open to all lawyers and staff, and their allies within the firm. The group provides a forum and serves as an advisory body with respect to all matters of concern to the Pepper LGBT community, as well as a support and social network.
The Corporate Equality Index 2015 is available at http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index.
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.