Arent Fox Earns Top Marks in HRC’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index
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.
Arent Fox supports the vision of diversity and inclusion through three main initiatives; the Arent Fox Minority Attorneys Group maintains a strong commitment to diversity and strives to create a workplace that embraces different perspectives and cultures; the AFWomen Group advocates for women lawyers’ leadership firm wide, across industries, and within the community; and the OutFox Group is a mentor program designed to help connect LGBTQ and allied lawyers, paralegals, and alumni at Arent Fox. In addition, Arent Fox annually provides a Diversity Scholarship to second-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to practicing law at the highest level.
“We know that working with a diverse group of attorneys can help us be better lawyers, and we are committed to that,” said N. Christopher Norton, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Arent Fox. “We are proud of another year of earning a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index and pledge to continue working with HRC to enact policies and practices promoting LGBTQ workplace equality.”
“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.”