Boston, MA. The Human Rights Campaign has recognized Nixon Peabody LLP with a 100% rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index. This is the eleventh consecutive year the firm has received a perfect score in this index which evaluates companies on policies and benefits that support LGBT employees.
“A wider range of backgrounds and viewpoints not only adds value to collaboration efforts, but it also improves our ability to serve our clients,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO & Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody LLP. “Diversity makes us better and makes our team better. In order to create innovative new products and service offerings for our clients, we need a variety of perspectives. I’m very proud of our firm’s efforts in securing a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for the eleventh year in a row.”
Nixon Peabody was one of the first law firms to extend health and welfare coverage to domestic partners, and offer a variety of benefits and programs that support diverse colleagues. To secure a perfect rating, companies must provide:
Over the past year, Nixon Peabody has made progress in its effort to attract, retain, and promote LGBT individuals. In San Francisco, the firm promoted Tom Gaynor to serve as Office Managing Partner and recruited Intellectual Property Counseling and Transactions Partner On Lu. In addition, José Cunningham leads the firm’s Marketing and Business Development Department. This illustrates the firm’s dedicated focus on creating more opportunities for LGBT talent.
Also new this year, Nixon Peabody instituted a mandatory unconscious bias training for all attorneys. The goal is to provide attorneys with tools to interrupt and reduce attitudes of stereotypes that affect actions and decisions in ways outside of people’s awareness and control.
From a client perspective, Nixon Peabody attorneys secured dismissal of a transgender locker room policy lawsuit this year for Planet Fitness parent company, Pla-Fit Franchise LLC. Active in serving the LGBT community, Nixon Peabody attorneys advised more than 20 transgender individuals, on a pro bono basis, seeking to change their legal names to match their true identities.
A team of Nixon Peabody attorneys is also providing pro bono legal aid assistance to a transgender client who recently submitted a formal claim for reimbursement under the Iowa Medicaid statute for gender reassignment surgery. Currently, the Iowa Medicaid regulations and related statutes forbid such payments. Working with the ACLU, Nixon Peabody will argue that this violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution and the Iowa Civil Rights Act, among other things. And over the past year, Nixon Peabody’s legal team won asylum for individuals who were persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation. These are just a few examples of the pro bono cases Nixon Peabody attorneys have worked on this year on behalf of LGBT individuals and the LGBT community.