Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that the firm scored a 90 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
“We are extremely proud to be so highly recognized in our first ranking on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index,” said Partner and Director of Inclusion and Diversity George Medlock. “Despite the unprecedented challenges we all faced in 2020, establishing policies that affirm and include diverse employees at Bradley remained as important as ever. We will continue to improve in the future.”
Mr. Medlock and Bradley’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, which is chaired by partner Anne Marie Seibel, led the effort to ensure the firm had practices and policies in place to participate in the CEI survey. The committee is tasked with identifying and implementing inclusion and diversity initiatives across all the firm’s offices. In 2020, the Inclusion and Diversity Committee implemented new programs aimed at improving recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse attorneys, held firm-wide social justice discussion groups and panel discussions, and supported the firm’s affinity groups in their activities.
“Providing a working environment that is diverse and inclusive is an important element of Bradley’s core values, and I am very excited to see the firm’s hard work recognized in the 2020 Corporate Equality Index,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “We are committed to creating an environment in which our people of all backgrounds thrive and reach their full professional potential, and we look forward to enhancing our efforts in 2021.”
The 2020 CEI ranks employers that took concrete steps to ensure greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families in the form of comprehensive policies, benefits and practices. The rating criteria includes non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families; and supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.
Bradley combines skilled legal counsel with exceptional client service and unwavering integrity to assist a diverse range of corporate and individual clients in achieving their business goals. With offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia, the firm’s nearly 550 lawyers represent regional, national and international clients in various industries, including banking and financial services, construction, energy, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, real estate, and technology, among many others.