Corprate Bias Ratings
Sidley Austin received a score of 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). By complying with the HRC's controversial demands, Sidley Austin 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. Sidley Austin 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. Sidley Austin provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. The company has a pro bono partnership with the HRC to repeal legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls' sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The firm does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. For these reasons, Sidley Austin receives a High Risk rating.
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.
Sidley Austin received a score of 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruits 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 (1)(2). Sidley Austin terminated the employment of an associate one day after she posted an online letter on her personal blog about the Israel-Palestine conflict. The employee’s letter noted that law firms were conflating critiques against Israel, its government, and its actions as anti-Semitic, which the employee believed would infringe upon free speech. The firm declined to comment on the matter (3)(4)(5)(6).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Sidley Austin’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. Sidley Austin’s CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (3). Sidley Austin is committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 (4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Sidley Austin’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. Sidley Austin provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (3). In 2022, Sidley Austin claimed it would cover the cost of abortion and travel expenses in states banning it (4). Sidley Austin supports several LGBTQ+ Bar associations and offers pro bono services to LGBTQ+ related causes (5).
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February 7, 2024
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