We are in a moment. A moment where recognition of racial injustice has seared the national conscience. A moment where stories of #MeToo are continuing to be heard, and where employees are raising their voices about critical racial, ethnic, and social justice issues. These are important, but challenging, times for employers as they navigate increasing demands from employees, customers, boards, investors, and the general public to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces. Morgan Lewis is a trusted advisor to employers as they continue on their journey toward creating workplace cultures of safety, respect, diversity, and inclusion.
Our services are tailored to each client’s unique needs. We build on what a client has in place, amplifying and expanding those efforts. We deploy our practical experience in developing diversity initiatives, anti-harassment approaches, and general workplace policies; our legal acumen in conducting investigations and defending claims, including reverse discrimination claims; our partnerships with labor economists in conducting demographic data analyses; and our command of workplace training issues. Our team is diverse along demographic fronts, including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and age, and we have diverse backgrounds as litigators, former government officials, and professional trainers.
Creating diverse and inclusive workplaces is not an option in today’s world. It is an imperative. A safe, respectful, diverse, and inclusive workplace benefits employees, employers, and society at large. Our team has the skills and experience to help employers arrive at the place they need to be.
A focus on diversity and inclusion provides a useful opportunity to review and assess workplace policies and procedures, as well as workplace culture and climate.
Using our breadth of experience regarding best practices, our team reviews policies regarding harassment, discrimination, and codes of conduct and propose updates as needed. We analyze existing procedures for reporting complaints, investigating complaints, and imposing corrective actions, and we provide recommendations for improving these policies and procedures, as appropriate. We also help our clients analyze their recruiting and promotion systems and, together with experienced statisticians, we conduct sophisticated data analyses with regard to workplace demographics, applicant pools, and pay equity.
We also conduct in-depth assessments of a client’s workplace culture and climate, using established evidence-based practices. Our assessments collect qualitative data through focus groups and individual interviews and quantitative data through a proprietary instrument that surveys the entire workforce. Based on our review of the data, we identify risks; establish benchmarks for tracking progress; and develop concrete solutions to create inclusive workplaces, mitigate the possibility of litigation, and preserve reputation and brand.
Diversity and inclusion efforts often take place alongside efforts to respond to breaking issues and concerns. In such situations, we help develop appropriate communications to internal and external audiences. In addition, as needed, our team can quickly launch investigations into current and past claims of discrimination or harassment. The results of those investigations can inform the shape of broader efforts moving forward.
Morgan Lewis works with clients to develop new approaches, and enhance existing ones, in order to increase diversity and inclusion, including the following:
With regard to all methods for increasing diversity and inclusion, we bring our legal eye to ensure compliance with the law and a passionate commitment to finding new, creative, and results-oriented initiatives.
Training is one essential component of an overall effort to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. Morgan Lewis Resources Workplace Training provides programs geared to nonsupervisory employees, managers, and executives. We conduct the following training programs:
We offer in-person training (when feasible given COVID-19 precautions), with participants and the trainer at the same location, and real-time, trainer-led webcast sessions that allows participants to interact virtually with the trainer and one another. We also offer Train-the-Trainer courses and e-learning, as appropriate.