For the second consecutive year, Equality Illinois (EQIL) has recognized Kaye Scholer for its commitment to LGBT diversity. The firm’s Chicago office was noted one of 42 Illinois law firms that is “Raising the Bar” and leading the way in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees as well as engaging with the LGBT community. The recognition is based on the results of EQIL’s 2016 Law Firm Survey.
The annual survey found that law firms are creating affirming work spaces for their employees and are going one step further by demanding that the vendors and contractors with whom they work demonstrate the same respect.
“Diversity and inclusiveness are now among the many standards of excellence in the legal profession,” said Kaye Scholer managing partner, Michael Solow. “Kaye Scholer is proud of its recognized commitment to fostering a law firm culture where all talent is welcomed and has an equal opportunity to succeed.”
“Law firms—as institutions that make the practice of law their business—play a particularly salient role in advancing LGBT equality. When law firms not only fight for equality and inclusiveness, but mirror the world they hope to see within their own offices, they send a powerful message about the importance of fully embracing all coworkers and staff equally,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of EQIL.
Founded in 1991, EQUIL seeks to build a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.