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Thompson Coburn again named a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’

December 1, 2014

Sean McGowan

Thompson Coburn has once again earned a perfect score of 100 points in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work Survey. The survey is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which this year evaluated 781 businesses across the country on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, clients, and investors.

Thompson Coburn was one of 366 major businesses nationwide to achieve a perfect score in the 2014 list. Across the legal industry, 89 law firms earned a perfect score in 2014. In Missouri, just six companies achieved 100 percent rankings, including Monsanto and Anheuser-Busch Companies. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the average CEI score at Missouri businesses was 86.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Thompson Coburn has achieved a perfect score. In 2014, Thompson Coburn was the first law firm in Missouri to actively support a proposed state law to extend basic workplace protections to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Corporate Equality Index rates law firms on 40 specific policies and practices. “To achieve a perfect score and the coveted distinction of ‘Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality’ firms must have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence their commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship,” according to a statement from the Human Rights Campaign.  

The Best Places to Work Survey rates organizations on a 1-100 scale and examines the degree to which companies protect employees from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also evaluates how well they implement effective policies on diversity and inclusion, training, health care and domestic partnership benefits.

Thompson Coburn's score of 100 in the survey underscores our firm’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture.