A national law firm that offers full benefits for the GLBT community will soon have a prominent presence in Middle Tennessee.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a New York law firm with offices operated internationally, will open a professional services center in Nashville early next year. The center will provide services in the areas of technology, finance, new client intake, word processing, and other non-legal professional services.
The firm plans to begin transferring and recruiting employees for its new Nashville center in the spring of 2012.
Pillsbury has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the past five years.
"It’s always been our culture," says Tania P. Shah, director of corporate social responsibility for Pillsbury. "We were among the first to admit into the partnership. We just have a lot of history in this area so it’s part of the expectation now. As we move into different markets, we just want to maintain that."
The company offers domestic partners the same benefits that they offer to spouses of attorneys and staff. In addition, attorneys who adopt or have children through surrogacy are eligible for infant-care and family-related leave.
Pillsbury also offers employee resource groups and programming for five minority groups including the GLBT community. The others: African-American, Asian, Latino, GLBT, and women. Different areas of focus within these groups are social/community building and business development.
As Pillsbury transitions into the South, they will continue to seek out relationships with business professionals from all corners of the community.
"We’ll be externally partnering with different organizations in the area," Shah says. "We had a diversity breakfast during our weekend visit (this month), and we’re now getting a sense of what they do and what our employees can get involved in."