Senior Reporter- Dayton Business Journal
Dayton’s largest law firm is ranked among the most inclusive firms in the state for LGBT equality for the third year in a row, and uses that to recruit top talent.
Thompson Hine LLP, based in Cincinnati, but with an office at Austin Landing, received a perfect rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 2015, along with 12 other Ohio-based companies.
The index ranks companies according to their hiring, retention and promotion practices and their health benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as their public commitment to supporting LGBT equality everywhere.
Twenty-six Ohio companies were rated, but no other local law firms were on the list.
Thompson Hine’s LGBT friendly practices — which include health benefits for domestic partners, corporate participation and sponsorship in LGBT events, and a company culture that embraces diversity — help attract the best talent, said Susan Cornett, diversity and inclusion chair in the Dayton office. That includes both LGBT individuals and those who value working in a diverse environment.
Cornett shared her thoughts about how Thompson Hine achieved the rating, and how it is important for staying competitive in the labor market.
Q: Thompson Hine hits on all the major points of inclusion with its policies, but what’s the feel around the office? Is it inclusive?
A: We offer domestic partner benefits and we have health benefits for transgender individuals, but in addition to these health benefits, which are definitely a draw for the talent, our softer programs have been why we’ve been able to attract members of our law community to the firm. Sometimes it’s the things we take for granted, like being able to bring your family to events, feeling comfortable enough to bring your partner to an event is really important.