23 September 2008 - Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  The survey, now in its seventh year, measures how equitably companies treat their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees and consumers.

“This award is welcome recognition of Mayer Brown’s ongoing commitment to the principles of diversity,” said Mayer Brown Chairman James D. Holzhauer. “Diversity is crucial to building a cohesive and successful law firm, and we are committed to providing our lawyers with opportunities to realize their potential regardless of race, religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.”

The 2009 CEI rated 583 businesses in total, evaluating GLBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits.  A record number of the largest US companies are expanding benefits and protections for their GLBT employees and consumers, HRCF reported..  Mayer Brown’s efforts in ensuring GLBT equality in each of the survey’s main criteria earned it the prestigious 100 percent ranking.

“The 2009 Corporate Equality Index shows that corporate America understands that a diverse workforce is critical to remaining successful and competitive,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.  “In the absence of a federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, it is up to employers to take the lead and implement policies that ensure all their employees are protected.”

For more information on the 2009 Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/cei.