Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

California
Legal

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP scored a 90 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). By complying with 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. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in marketing. Quinn Emanuel uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Quinn Emanuel does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, Quinn Emanuel has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs. Quinn Emanuel wrote and filed amicus briefs advocating for LGBTQ rights, and it provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. Quinn Emanuel has supported multiple ideological organizations, including organizations focused on LGBTQ activism. For these reasons, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP receives a Medium Risk rating.

Criteria
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Rationale
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.

Risk Level
Rationale

Quinn Emanuel has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Quinn Emanuel does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. Its charitable giving focuses on a variety of causes including “natural disaster relief, cancer research, veterans services, legal aid services, violence intervention, and education” (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Quinn Emanuel’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company provides gender transition guidelines for its employees and a specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). Quinn Emanuel does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (4)(5).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Quinn Emanuel’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. Quinn Emanuel wrote and filed an amicus brief in 2019 advocating for LGBTQ rights (3)(4)(5). The company also wrote and filed an amicus brief on behalf of fifty civil rights organizations advocating for transgender individuals’ rights “to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity” (6)(7).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Quinn Emanuel provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1)(2). Quinn Emanuel’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 (3)(4). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Quinn Emanuel has donated to various ideological organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center Inc., the National LGBT Bar Foundation, and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund (5)(6). In 2020, Quinn Emanuel stated that it would match employee donations “to any recognized organization committed to diversity, inclusion or civil rights up to $100,000 total”, though the total amount donated and which organizations received the funds are not disclosed (7)(8).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Quinn Emanuel’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. Quinn Emanuel does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (3)(4)(5).

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February 8, 2024

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