Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

New York
Legal

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel scored a 90 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, the company 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. Kramer Levin 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. Kramer Levin does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination. The company is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition. Kramer Levin 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. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. Kramer Levin likely does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel receives a Medium 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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Rationale

Kramer Levin is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (1)(2). However, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views.

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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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Kramer Levin likely does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving, with some pro bono efforts being dedicated to religious organizations (1).

Criteria

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

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Kramer Levin’s 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 its employees a specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). Kramer Levin is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (3)(4). Kramer Levin does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (5).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

Risk Level
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Kramer Levin’s 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 (1)(2). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.

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

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Kramer Levin’s 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 (1)(2). 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 firm has been engaged in several pro bono LGBT-related cases (3).

 

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Kramer Levin’s 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. Kramer Levin does not operate a PAC or report on its lobbying at this time (3)(4)(5). 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 (6).

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February 15, 2024

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