28 September 2009 – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, earned a perfect rating of 100 percent and was designated as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” in the 2010 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  The CEI surveys major businesses to benchmark important employer benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their families.

“Mayer Brown strives to be a leader in the legal community on diversity issues and is proud to be included in this ranking with other companies committed to the values of inclusion and equality,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Bert Krueger. “We will continue to implement policies that make our law firm a welcoming workplace for members of the LGBT community.”

The 2010 CEI rated 590 businesses, including 127 law firms, on a scale of 0 to 100 percent on several factors, including whether they: have a written non-discrimination policy and training covering sexual orientation and gender identity; provide insurance that covers transgender-related treatments; support same-sex partners of employees with health insurance, bereavement and family leave policies; have LGBT employee groups; engage in appropriate and respectful advertising to the community; contribute to community organizations; and decline to engage in any activities that would undermine the goal of equal rights to LGBT people.

“The 2010 Corporate Equality Index shows that, even in the most challenging economy, leading employers are recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce – regardless of employees’ sexual orientation and gender identity or expression,” said Human Rights Campaign Foundation President Joe Solmonese.  “They are setting an example for all US employers.”

For more information on the 2010 Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/cei.