HSF to cover costs for trans employees’ gender reassignment surgery

March 1, 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills has made history as the first law firm to offer to pay, in part or in whole, the cost of gender reassignment surgery for its UK transgender employees.

The benefits for those affected include funding for physical procedures and psychological support as well as time off for medical appointments, procedures, and even for employees who need to support transitioning family members.

Global head of disputes and Asia regional managing partner Justin D’Agostino emphasized the trans inclusiveness of the firm, saying, “I… am grateful that we are able reflect on the importance of valuing every individual as their true and whole self.”

LGBTI inclusiveness is beginning to sweep through other law firms as well. Earlier this month Clifford Chance became the first magic circle firm to announce its adherence to the United Nations’ standard of conduct promoting equality for the minority community, joining Baker McKenzie and BNP Paribas. Linklaters also launched an LGBT ally program in 2014 for its non-queer employees to show their support.

Included in the top 10 positions in Stonewall’s list of top 100 employers for LGBT people are Pinsent Masons, Clifford Chance, Baker McKenzie, Berwin Leighton Paisner, and Norton Rose Fulbright.

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