The Legal Aid Society Diversity Policy

The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest and largest public interest law firm, is an equal opportunity employer. We believe true workforce diversity enables us to recruit, retain, promote, and tap the full potential of staff at all levels of the organization. It is the diversity of our workforce, and the broad range of individual characteristics, beliefs, and values of our staff that characterizes our fundamental approach to delivering the best service to our clients. Diversity includes not only the areas of actual or perceived age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, marital status, pregnancy, national origin and citizenship, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status, but also extends to personal history, work experiences, education, job function, job tenure, personality, geographic origin, ways of thinking, leadership ability, and skill level. It is with full recognition of the value that each person’s individual experience and character brings to our workplace that we embrace diversity as one of the Society’s core principles.

As an equal opportunity employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, religion, creed, sex, gender (including “gender identity” -- which refers to a person’s actual or perceived sex, and includes self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not different from that traditionally associated with the legal sex assigned to the person at birth), disability, age (18 and over), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, or status as a victim of domestic violence, a sex offense or stalking.