Hogan Lovells

United Kingdom, Washington D.C.
Commercial and Professional Services

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Hogan Lovells, which is a Washington, D.C.- and London-based law firm, fired a long-term employee after she opposed the prevailing company-wide opinion regarding the Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. By complying with Human Rights Campaign's controversial demands, Hogan Lovells increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Hogan Lovells forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Hogan Lovell provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and supports ESG within its business practices. The company employs a Chief Diversity Officer, supports the Equality Act, and is a member of pro-abortion legal coalitions. Hogan Lowell has opposed anti-LGBTQ legislation and is a founding supporter of the TMBDLF Diversity Charity. The company is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition. Hogan Lovells is a pro bono partner of the Center for Reproductive Rights, building case law, advocating before policy makers, and engaging in litigation to challenge bans and restrictions on access to abortion. For these reasons, Hogan Lovells receives a High Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

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Hogan Lovells fired lawyer Robin Keller after she affirmed the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, citing her concern for the higher rates of abortions in the black community, among other concerns regarding abortion (1). Ms. Keller was fired for allegedly violating the company’s anti-harassment policy. Hogan Lovells received a score of 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruit’s employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (2)(3). Hogan Lovells is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (4)(5).

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Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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Rationale

Hogan Lovells HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2).

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Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

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Hogan Lovells HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company forces employees to attend multiple, controversial trainings on gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender issues, and divisive racial ideology. The company provides gender transition guidelines for its employees and specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). Hogan Lovells is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (3)(4). The company does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (5).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
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Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Hogan Lovells has joined two legal coalitions that advocate on behalf of pro-abortion legislation and signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act (1)(2). The company supports ESG within its business practices and employs a Chief Diversity Officer (3)(4)(5)(6). The firm has also allied with the ACLU in legislative advocacy and co-led an amicus brief opposing West Virginia state legislation regarding transgender participation in women’s sports (7)(8). Hogan Lovells  HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (9)(10). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Hogan Lovells provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1). Hogan Lovells HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (2)(3). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company is a founding supporter of the TMBDLF Diversity Charity, the founder of which has expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement (4).

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
Rationale

Hogan Lovells HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company publicly advocated for controversial sex and gender ideology through local, state or federal legislation or initiatives (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Hogan Lovells has not used its PAC contributions for ideological purposes (3). The company is a pro bono partner of the Center for Reproductive Rights, building case law, advocating before policy makers, and engaging in litigation to challenge bans and restrictions on access to abortion (4).

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February 15, 2024

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