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Quarles & Brady Honored at Phoenix Human Rights Campaign Gala

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Phoenix Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign ("HRC") presented Quarles & Brady LLP with its 2012 Corporate Equality Award at their annual Gala on March 24. The theme of the eighth annual celebration was "Be Part of Equality".

Quarles & Brady was recognized for being a consistent supporter of the HRC and creating internal programs and policies specifically designed to address the needs of their Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender ("LGBT") employees. They actively utilize the HRC's varied and free trainings, among them transgender inclusion and coming out in the workplace. Additionally, the Firm supports varied LGBT initiatives in the market through memberships and sponsorships.

Among the Firm policies that directly impact LGBT employees:

  • Domestic Partner Benefits - Extending insurance coverage, funeral leave, parental leave, sick leave and leave of absence to domestic partners - same or opposite sex - and their children.

  • Salary "Gross-Up" - Eliminated the inequitable additional costs faced by employees whose same-sex domestic partner is covered under Quarles & Brady's health insurance plan.
  • Minority Liaisons - Assigns Mentors that serve as a voice for diverse associates within the Firm. The program is designed to foster an environment that encourages associates of historically underrepresented backgrounds to build careers with Quarles & Brady.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Councils - The Council is tasked with encouraging a high degree of inclusion, involvement and education among lawyers and staff. Diversity and Inclusion Councils facilitate cultural learning activities, organize celebrations, develop diversity training and champion internal communications.

Accepting the award on behalf of Quarles was George Marek, partner and LGBT Affinity Group Leader and Rhea Hernandez, Diversity & Community Relations Associate.

"We are committed to ensuring that employees, no matter their job title, feel personally empowered in this organization, said John W. Daniels Jr., chairman of Quarles & Brady LLP. If you're going to be a different kind of organization, you have to understand the value of people."

About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with 425 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Chicago, Ill.; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.; Shanghai, China, and Washington, D.C. The Firm offers an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the Firm may be found at www.quarles.com, and on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.