Thompson Hine Named “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality”

Again earns 100% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual scorecard assessing LGBTQ workplace equality

Date: June 28, 2021

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is proud to announce that it received a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, earning the designation of “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” Thompson Hine is among 767 major U.S. businesses that received top marks this year. This is the ninth consecutive year the firm has earned a 100% rating.

“At Thompson Hine, our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion contributes to a better workplace, enriching our client service and enabling us to provide greater creativity and innovation,” said Deborah Z. Read, the firm’s managing partner. “We strive to maintain an inclusive culture that allows us to attract and retain exceptional lawyers and staff and, in turn, offer the best talent to our clients. The benefits of respecting and embracing the differences in our workforce are critical to our success.”

Thompson Hine, through the efforts of its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative and its Spotlight on Women® program, is committed to attracting, retaining and supporting a diverse workforce. The strength of that commitment is most evident in the makeup of the firm’s leadership, with a woman serving as its managing partner and 50% of its Executive Committee composed of women and attorneys of color. In 2020 the firm also provided pro bono representation in precedent-setting LGBTQ courtroom victories, including:

  • In collaboration with Lambda Legal, the ACLU and the ACLU of Ohio, the firm represented the plaintiffs in Ray v. McCloud, in which the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio struck down a discriminatory state policy that prevented transgender people born in Ohio from correcting the gender marker on their birth certificates.
  • The firm partnered with AIDS-Free World and Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network for the past nine years to challenge Jamaica’s Offences Against the Person Act which criminalized certain sexual acts by LGBTI persons. In 2020, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a scathing report declaring that the Act violates several of the individual rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights, which Jamaica signed in 1977.

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture, and corporate social responsibility.

“From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.”

The full report is available online at