(June 17, 2019) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has received the Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the ninth consecutive year. WILEF grants Gold Standard status to firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions and in the ranks of their most highly compensated partners. Littler is among the 11 firms that have been awarded Gold Standard Certification every year since WILEF began the award in 2011. Additionally, the firm was one of only 14 firms that met all six certification criteria this year.
“We are thrilled that the firm’s efforts have once again earned Littler the WILEF certification,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler. “We are committed to providing structured initiatives and programming dedicated to empowering women at the firm to excel professionally. The WILEF recognition underscores the firm’s continued focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where every individual can succeed.”
Littler offers a number of programs and initiatives that support the advancement of women and diverse attorneys. Through its Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), the firm focuses on developing and retaining women leaders at every level of the firm. In addition, the firm’s award-winning Career Advocacy Program (CAP) has been instrumental in advancing women from the associate to shareholder level. CAP selects diverse associates (Protégés) and pairs them with some of the firm’s most influential leaders and rainmakers (Advocates) and with general counsel of major corporations (Champions).
Over the past year, Littler has earned several key awards and recognitions for its diversity initiatives and inclusive culture – such as being ranked on The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard and named one of the Best Firms for Women and Minority Attorneys by Law360 in its Glass Ceiling report. Littler also achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status from Diversity Lab, was named a top firm for gender equity by Yale Law Women and ranked a top law firm by Working Mother magazine and Vault.
With more than 1,500 labor and employment attorneys in offices around the world, Littler provides workplace solutions that are local, everywhere. Our diverse team and proprietary technology foster a culture that celebrates original thinking, delivering groundbreaking innovation that prepares employers for what’s happening today, and what’s likely to happen tomorrow.