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April 2019

Gordon & Rees Named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani is pleased to announce that it received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. This year, the HRC rating criteria required businesses to provide more comprehensive health care coverage and workplace inclusion.

“Gordon & Rees is honored to receive this distinction from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation," said Franz Hardy, co-chair of the firm’s National Diversity Committee. "The new rating criteria is a reflection of the increased need for inclusion within the workplace. Receiving this perfect score further strengthens our long-standing and ongoing commitment to workplace equality for all individuals.”

The 2019 CEI evaluated LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Gordon & Rees' efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality

"Achieving a perfect score was an important milestone for the firm in 2016, and we are very pleased to have repeated this accomplishment for four consecutive years as we continue to champion all facets of workplace diversity, equality and inclusion as an organization," said Dion Cominos, Firmwide Managing Partner. 

For more than two decades, Gordon & Rees' Diversity Committee has spearheaded progress toward maintaining and improving diversity throughout the firm's 60 plus offices nationwide. The firm actively supports efforts to advance diversity in the legal profession by developing, funding and hosting diversity programs as well as attending, supporting and participating in numerous events throughout the country provided by diversity-related legal profession organizations. To further the goals of diversity and inclusion, the firm established five affinity groups: LGBT, African American, National Hispanic/Latino, Asian American Pacific Islander and the South Asian American Affinity Group. Each affinity group has its own established goals and initiatives. The groups meet regularly to network, socialize and provide mentoring opportunities to its members. Membership is open to all attorneys who share the affinity or who are interested in participating in the group.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

For more information about diversity at Gordon & Rees, please click here.

For more information on the Corporate Equality Index 2019, or to download a free copy of the report, click here.

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices across the United States. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country. The firm is ranked among the 40 largest U.S. firms and among the top 45 for diversity.


Laura E. De Santos
Franz Hardy