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WASHINGTON, DC, September 2, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that it has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
The CEI evaluated 583 businesses for their LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits. Covington’s efforts in ensuring LGBT equality in each of the survey’s main criterion earned the firm the prestigious 100 percent rating. “The 2009 Corporate Equality Index shows that corporate America understands that a diverse workforce is critical to remaining successful and competitive,” said HRC Foundation President Joe Solmonese. “In the absence of a federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, it is up to employers to take the lead and implement policies that ensure all their employees are protected.” “We are very pleased to have earned the top rating in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “While we are proud of the steps we already have taken, we understand that the job of promoting diversity is never complete. We are constantly examining our progress, improving our efforts, and searching for new ways to create a more diverse work environment.” For more information on the 2009 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, please click here.