July 20, 2022 | Firm Announcements | 3 minute read
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New York, NY (July 20, 2022) – Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that it has once again been recognized by the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), the leading non-profit resource for disability inclusion worldwide. Being named “a best place to work” is a testament to the firm’s enduring pledge to foster comprehensive inclusivity in our working environments.
“I am proud of Epstein Becker Green’s ongoing commitment to both cultivating a culture of inclusion within the firm and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the legal industry,” said Ted Kennedy, Jr., EBG Member of the Firm and DEI Co-Chair. He has been an active leader in the movement to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities and is immediate past Chair and Member of the Board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). “Completing the DEI each year is instrumental in benchmarking progress and providing insight into where disability initiatives can still improve.”
“Learning from our peers and implementing new best practices going forward reinvigorates our collective mission to create a world in which everyone has an equal opportunity to grow and succeed,” said Thalia Bowen, EBG Diversity Manager. Thalia works to coordinate, promote, and support firm-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
“Disability inclusion is a rapidly expanding aspect of corporate culture, and it’s gratifying to partner with 415 companies on the 2022 Disability Equality Index,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN. “These companies not only excel in disability inclusion, many are also adopting emerging trends and pioneering measures that can move the disability agenda from accommodation to inclusion and ultimately, genuine belonging.”
“There is no single best way to practice disability inclusion, however, the companies taking the DEI share the desire to create a workplace that fosters the concept of bringing your whole self to the office,” said Maria Town, President and CEO of AAPD. “We look forward to working with all of the participants to help identify meaningful ways to build upon their current practices as we continue on the disability inclusion journey together.”
The DEI, a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN, is a comprehensive disability inclusion assessment tool that allows leading businesses to self-report their disability practices and policies. Celebrated by business leaders and disability advocates alike, the DEI seeks to advance the best practices that should be expected of all large employers.
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality.
The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community. The DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, developed the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.
AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power for people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 60+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com.
Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 400 corporations partner with Disability:IN to create long-term business and social impact through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking and reporting tool, the Disability Equality Index (DEI); best-in-class conferences and programs; expert counsel and engagement; and public policy leadership. Join us at www.disabilityin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., is a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes. Founded in 1973 as an industry-focused firm, Epstein Becker Green has decades of experience serving clients in health care, financial services, retail, hospitality, and technology, among other industries, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Operating in locations throughout the United States and supporting domestic and multinational clients, the firm’s attorneys are committed to uncompromising client service and legal excellence. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.