Sidley Austin

Illinois
Legal

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

Sidley Austin received a score of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC's controversial demands, Sidley Austin increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. 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 and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. The firm's Executive Committee Chair signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge. Sidley Austin 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. Sidley Austin is a member of The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, retention, promotions, and leadership composition. The firm is a part of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, committed to work on initiatives that fight “systemic racism”. For these reasons, Sidley Austin receives a High Risk rating.

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