Choate Hall & Stewart Receives "Best Place to Work" Designation from the Human Rights Campaign

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP has been designated as a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in its recently-released 2012 Corporate Equality Index, which assessed 850 U.S. companies – including the entire Fortune 500 – on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.  Choate was one of only 190 companies to receive the highest possible rating of 100 percent on a set of key criteria, which reflects the best in class practices of LGBT inclusion in the workplace.

“At Choate, we have a long tradition of fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment that values and supports individuals of all backgrounds,” said William Gelnaw and John Nadas, co-managing partners at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.  “It is an honor to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for meeting their most rigorous criteria and earning a perfect score.”

For the first time this year, the HRC Foundation rated companies on a set of key criteria in order to recognize best in class practices of LGBT inclusion in the workplace.  To achieve a 100 percent rating, companies had to: provide equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses; end benefits discrimination for transgender employees and dependents; demonstrate firm-wide organizational competency on LGBT issues; and demonstrate firm-wide public commitment to the LGBT community.  For 10 years, the Corporate Equality Index has assessed more than 30 specific policies and practices covering nearly every aspect of employment for LGBT employees, including: non-discrimination protections and the training surrounding those policies; domestic partnership and legal dependent benefits; gender transition guidelines; and LGBT employee resource groups. 

About the Human Rights Campaign
Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, representing a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide.  The Foundation is the research and educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign.

About Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, one of the nation's leading law firms, is consistently recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, World’s Leading Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Lawyers and PLC Which Lawyer. The firm also received a top-tier rating for client service from BTI Consulting Group's survey of Fortune 1000 counsel.  Choate focuses on a strategic core group of areas where we provide superior value across the U.S. and internationally, including litigation, business & technology, corporate/M&A, private equity, intellectual property, insurance/reinsurance, government enforcement & compliance, and wealth management.