The legal industry is often criticized for its lack of diversity. But when it comes to LGBTQ equality, at least, it appears the needle is moving in the right direction.
More than 125 of the largest law firms in the country received a perfect score in this year’s Corporate Equality Index made by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The 15-year-old index is based on surveys of major businesses and looks at factors including employer benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees and their families. The index also looks at overall corporate commitment to LGBTQ equality.
This year’s index included surveys of 160 law firms. Of those respondents, 127 firms received a perfect score, making it the most-represented industry among perfect scorers, the Human Rights Campaign said.
An additional 16 law firms received a score over 90, according to the report.
The following law firms with a Maryland presence received perfect scores:
- Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
- Ballard Spahr LLP
- DLA Piper
- Duane Morris LLP
- Hogan Lovells US LLP
- Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
- Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP