Foley Hoag Receives Perfect Score in Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index
December 30, 2014
Foley Hoag is pleased to announce its perfect score ranking on the Human Rights Campaign's 2015 Corporate Equality Index. Businesses achieving a rating of 100 percent in the report are recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”
Foley Hoag earned the 100 percent rating as a result of its commitment to four main criteria as described by the Human Rights Campaign: providing equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses; no benefits discrimination for transgender employees and dependents; demonstrating a firmwide organizational competency on LGBT issues; and demonstrating a firmwide public commitment to the LGBT community.
Foley Hoag has been advocating for civil rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people for decades. It has represented LGBT people in domestic violence cases for many years and has represented transgender prisoners in vindicating their civil rights.
In 2009, the firm co-filed a federal lawsuit with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and other law firms to obtain federal benefits for same-sex married couples. The suit resulted in the first district court ruling striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After the ruling was appealed, the First Circuit affirmed the victory in another first, declaring that the plaintiffs had the same federal spousal benefits as any other married couple. Foley Hoag continues to work with GLAD on the implementation of changes in Federal regulations as a result of the demise of DOMA and expects to be involved in continuing litigation about the issue. LGBT rights are a major focus of the firm’s pro bono program.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, the organization strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
About Foley Hoag LLP
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