V&E Named a 2020 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality”
Vinson & Elkins has received its ninth perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”
annually, the CEI is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and
practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees. V&E is among 686 companies
nationwide that earned a perfect score in the 2020 report.
The CEI rates
companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad
categories: non-discrimination policies; employment benefits; demonstrated
organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and
inclusion; public commitment to LGBTQ equality; and responsible citizenship.
know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from discrimination is
not just the right thing to do—it is also the best business decision,” said
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David.
dedicated to supporting LGBTQ workplace equality. In 1997, the firm became the
first Texas-based law firm to offer same-sex partner benefits. Since then,
V&E has actively championed LGBTQ attorneys and initiatives by providing
gender-neutral parental leave and transgender medical coverage; an LGBTQ
attorney, staff and ally affinity group; LGBTQ educational programs;
LGBTQ-focused recruiting; law school prep course scholarships and Diversity
Fellowships for LGBTQ students; local and national organizational sponsorships
and pro bono work and volunteer support of LGBTQ organizations and individuals.
inclusive culture is among V&E’s core values and a key driver of the firm’s
long-term success,” said V&E Chairman Mark Kelly. “We thank the Human
Rights Campaign Foundation for this continued recognition and for the important
work that they do to encourage the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and
The full report is
available at www.hrc.org/cei.