(January 27, 2022) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, received a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. This is the 14th consecutive year the firm has earned this recognition and joins the ranks of 840 major U.S. businesses, which also earned top marks this year.
“It is an honor to once again receive this recognition from HRC, which further reinforces Littler’s ongoing commitment to providing an inclusive workplace for our LGBTQ+ employees,” said Erin Webber, Littler’s managing director and president. “We have built our culture on the foundation of inclusion, equity and diversity so that all our employees have the opportunity to live authentically and thrive at work. We are committed to providing meaningful and impactful programs to help our diverse professionals advance.”
Littler’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100% ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. The CEI evaluates firms and companies on detailed criteria in the following categories: non-discrimination policies, equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture, and corporate social responsibility.
“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers – from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns – could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to Littler for achieving the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and working to advance inclusion in the workplace.”
Littler’s Pride affinity group, led by Shareholders Jeremy Hawpe (Dallas) and Lauren Schwartzreich (Denver), encourages professional growth and gives the firm’s LGBTQ+ employees and their allies a platform for networking and engaging with the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, members of the firm hold leadership roles within Out Leadership, the LGBTQ+ Bar Association, and other organizations that focus on advancing opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community.
Littler also has a number of programs designed to retain and promote a diverse workforce, including Breaking Through, the Career Advocacy Program, and the SOAR Program, among other meaningful initiatives. The firm continues to set the standard for inclusion, equity and diversity in the industry as it earns recognition for its policies, practices and programs.
With more than 1,600 labor and employment attorneys in offices around the world, Littler provides workplace solutions that are local, everywhere. Our diverse global 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.