Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody LLP for the twelfth consecutive year scored a 100% rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index.
The HRC is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organizations. Its Corporate Equality Index evaluates businesses on LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.
Nixon Peabody is continuing to make strides to attract, retain and promote talented LGBTQ individuals. The law firm instituted a diversity recruiting initiative modeled after the Rooney Rule, which requires that at least 20% of the firm’s lateral associate candidates be diverse, including LGBTQ. “Creating an inclusive workplace and taking measures to support an inclusive community outside of our office is fundamental to our core values,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO and Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody LLP. “I’m proud the Human Rights Campaign has once again recognized our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
“Over the past year, our colleagues have advocated for LGBTQ individuals through pro bono efforts. They’ve teamed up with LGBTQ entrepreneurs to launch new businesses and they’ve partnered with our clients to positively effect change in the law,” added Glincher. Nixon Peabody attorneys represented Planet Fitness in upholding the company’s inclusive locker room policy allowing members to use locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. A Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a decision in favor of Planet Fitness in June.
Dedicated to serving as active stewards for the expansion of equal rights for the LGBTQ community, Nixon Peabody attorneys provided pro bono advocacy in a case with the ACLU in Maryland earlier this year. The case involved defending the Frederick County Board of Education’s transgender nondiscrimination policy created to protect students from discrimination and harassment.
Beyond the courtroom, Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office partnered this year with StartOut, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization for LGBTQ entrepreneurs, to launch StartOut Growth Lab, the first-ever diversity-oriented accelerator in a big law firm. The StartOut Growth Lab gives seasoned entrepreneurs an opportunity to work closely with attorneys to grow their businesses. The program consists of one-on-one legal and developmental support, as well as regular events organized by StartOut and Nixon Peabody on topics ranging from intellectual property to business development.