Stinson Leonard Street Ranked High in 2017 Corporate Equality Index
MINNEAPOLIS/ KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 5, 2016)—Stinson Leonard Street LLP is proud to be recognized once again for its commitment to LGBT workplace equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
The Corporate Equality Index evaluates corporate LGBT-related policies, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.
Stinson Leonard Street's 2017 LGBT equality score improved to 90 out of a possible 100 points. It was compiled by reviewing the firm's policies, benefits and practices, including:
- Sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections in all of the firm's operations.
- An equal employment opportunity policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity expression for all operations.
- Equivalent spousal and partner medical benefits.
- Competency training, resources or accountability measures available for all employees.
The firm enacted several new initiatives this year, with more planned for 2017, aimed at making LGBTQ attorneys and staff feel welcome and achieve professional success.
Stinson Leonard Street recently hired Ann Jenrette-Thomas as the firm's first Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, who is also openly gay. Her department works with firm leadership, the board of directors and the diversity committee to grow the number of diverse attorneys and staff, especially those who are LGBTQ, and ensure their ability to thrive through an inclusive culture.
"Our firm is committed to making sure that LGBTQ attorneys and staff feel included, have a path for success, and the support necessary to thrive," said Jenrette-Thomas. "While we were not able to implement policy changes in time to earn a 100 on the CEI this year, we are poised to not only improve our score next year, but to be a true leader in law firm inclusiveness for the LGBTQ community. We commend the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for helping law firms and corporations move the needle on this vital issue."
The 2017 CEI rated a total of 1,043 employers in the report. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 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.