From the Washington Post:
By Jena McGregor, July 7 at 10:21 PM
Last week, one of the biggest of the Big Law firms — places that have been getting more scrutiny for lagging on diversity — announced a novel approach to measuring the gender makeup of its employees. Rather than saying it was raising its target for female employees, Baker McKenzie on Monday said it aimed to reach 40 percent women, 40 percent men and 20 percent “flexible” — which the firm said could be women, men or non-binary people — by 2025.
A “flexible” target may look to some like a way of giving the firm wiggle room if it doesn’t reach gender parity; Baker McKenzie said it wanted to account for non-binary employees and believes 40 percent women is a tipping point that would help it reach equal numbers.
My impression is that whatever woke craziness happens, expensive law firms like Baker McKenzie will still come out on top. If tomorrow there were a Khmer Rouge coup in Washington and the government began executing people who wear glasses, the big time law firms would just add free laser eye surgery to the employee benefit list and carry on unimpeded.
Yet by explicitly recognizing employees who don’t identify as either male or female, the firm is also taking a new and welcome step, advocates on LGBTQ issues said.
“It’s important because it’s inviting in non-binary people into the conversation,” said Beck Bailey, deputy director of employee engagement at the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
In other news, Argentina soccer authorities announced their strategic One Day Plan to catch up in women’s soccer by having Lionel Messi identify as Flexible. “They should be able to score a dozen times per game singlehandedly.”