December 5, 2016Press Release

Michael Best Earns a Perfect 100 Percent on 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Milwaukee, WI (December 5, 2016) – Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (Michael Best) is pleased to announce the law firm has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. The perfect score earns Michael Best distinction among the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” and reflects a commitment to workplace equality with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.

Jorge M. Leon, Chair of Michael Best’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, stated, “Michael Best recognizes the positive impact diversity and inclusion creates within the firm. We continue to build on the welcoming atmosphere already in place, and aspire to stay on top of current and future LGBTQ matters. Being listed by the Human Rights Campaign amongst top employers embracing LGBTQ inclusion as a best business practice is truly an honor.”

“Through 15 editions of the annual Corporate Equality Index, major private sector employers have demonstrated over and over that inclusion is not just the right thing to do, it makes for a stronger, more successful business,” said Deena Fidas, Director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program. “From centuries-old companies to those that have existed for just a few years, major employers have adopted LGBT-inclusive policies and benefits at rates that continue to outpace lawmakers and lead the way forward.”

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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