O’Melveny Achieves A Perfect Score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality IndexNovember 14, 2012
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O’Melveny & Myers LLP
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14, 2012 - O'Melveny & Myers LLP has achieved a perfect 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), in addition to earning the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by HRC. O’Melveny’s rating is up from 90 percent in 2012, largely due to the expansion of the Firm’s health care coverage for transgender individuals.
“We are proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for O’Melveny’s ongoing commitment of celebrating and supporting diversity, both within the Firm and among our clients,” said Mary Ellen Connerty, the Firm’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion. “This achievement speaks to the progress the Firm continually strives for to improve workplace equality through programs such as our expanded transgendered health care coverage plans, as well as the other policies and benefits that the Firm offers in an effort to create an inclusive, safe environment that fosters everyone working towards their highest potential.”
The CEI report is released each fall and provides an in-depth analysis and rating of major employers in the US, and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. The ranking is based on information submitted by the Firm and independent research conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
The 2013 edition of the CEI rates 889 businesses (688 based on voluntary participation, 201 based on publicly-available data) on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees, consumers, and investors. In addition, 79 Fortune 1000 companies, 141 law firms, and 175 other companies voluntarily participated in the 2013 CEI. The survey examined a number of policies and benefits, including the scope of a company’s nondiscrimination policy, diversity training, and for the first time this year, a more detailed review of insurance plan coverage of a broader range of medically necessary treatments for transgender employees without exclusion.
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With approximately 800 lawyers in 16 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.omm.com.