As the confluence of regulation and the personalities, cultures and attitudes of the workplace, labor and employment law is beset by challenges. From the legal perspective, properly facing those challenges requires a multifaceted approach and an understanding of diversity that needs to be experienced. One legal team that is certainly up to that challenge is the firm Littler Mendelson P.C., which was recently recognized for their commitment to a diverse workplace.

On March 14, Littler was the subject of commendation from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), receiving the Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region. The award denotes that the firm has maintained a commitment to diversity and exceeded the bar for hiring, recruiting and promoting a more diverse law firm.

“It is a tremendous honor to once again be recognized for Littler’s diversity program,” said Thomas Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of the firm, in a joint statement. “Diversity is a critical element of Littler’s identity and we are continually working to expand and strengthen our diverse workforce while remaining fully committed to providing an inclusive, open and respectful culture.”

In addition to working internally to promote diversity, Littler also offers equal opportunity training seminars for its clients, educating them on the positive effects of inclusiveness and the advantages of diversity in the workplace.

During her acceptance speech, Lisa “Lee” A. Schreter, chairwoman of the board of directors at Littler, said, “We thank the MCCA for this award and Thomas Sager for being its inspiration. It means a great deal to Littler and I am confident that it will inspire us to continue our work in the service of opportunity, diversity and inclusion.”

The award is given to only one law firm in each of the five regions of the United States each year.


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