Diversity & Inclusion Counseling

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is an essential component of every company’s business. Organizations are being held accountable to report on the diversity of their organizations as a metric for overall business health.

Jackson Walker’s labor and employment attorneys are experienced and passionate about advising companies and their management on effective, legally compliant strategies to become more inclusive, welcoming, and ultimately more successful workplaces.

Our D&I practice encompasses and builds upon the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action or Affirmative Employment legal services Jackson Walker is trusted to provide, and the services and training offered are tailored specifically with your organization’s goals, culture, and needs in mind. Our attorneys can work with employers and management to incorporate D&I concepts into a strategic initiative backed by a formal policy and/or plan to ensure your workplace enables workers from all backgrounds and experiences to work at their full potential so business can thrive.

The Benefits to Your Company of a Robust D&I Strategy and Plan

A lack of diversity and inclusion is bad for business. It promotes an unhealthy workplace by undermining morale, teamwork, and productivity; it makes it harder to recruit and retain diverse talent; and it can affect a company’s reputation and bottom line. Worse, a lack of diversity and inclusion can be costly for an organization in terms of legal liability.

A robust, successful D&I plan allows employers to foster a more welcoming workplace that respects and celebrates differences among employees and teaches employees how to collaborate while embracing diverse perspectives and experiences. A diverse and inclusive workplace is a business imperative and essential for optimal performance, which leads to real financial gains for companies.

Diversity & Inclusion Programs: Why, How, and When They Work

Download our summary of Diversity & Inclusion programs to learn the key components of success and important considerations for your business.

Practice Category

To achieve your D&I goals and objectives, we provide the following services:

  • Advice and counseling
  • D&I culture assessments and audits
  • Workplace policy development and drafting
  • Individualized training to both employees and management
  • Development of training materials for “train-the-trainer” programs conducted internally by the company
  • Recommendation of third-party vendors who provide effective & specialized D&I services or training
  • Crisis management and planning
  • Targeted litigation defense

Further, our attorneys are well-versed in designing and implementing individualized plans tailored to your organization to improve the workplace and minimize risk. Our individualized plans may include the following:

  • Conducting Culture Assessments and Developing Goals and Metrics
    • We perform a culture assessment of your organization to identify any patterns or imbalances that may hinder the development or maintenance of a diverse and inclusive workplace.
    • We identify disparities and analyze the data to determine all issues and how to best determine success while operating under the attorney-client privilege.
    • Your managers can feel free to ask our attorneys candid questions about D&I initiatives and promoting legal compliance in your organization.
    • We then help your organization develop a clear strategy, goals, and metrics to address any disparities and to minimize risk.
  • Planning
    • Working with your teams, we develop a plan to reach your diversity goals and to revitalize workplace practices where needed to assure D&I success and to reduce legal and compliance risk.
  • Training
    • We develop individualized training programs which take into consideration your unique culture and goals.
    • We conduct unconscious bias training.
    • Our training programs incorporate the most recent changes to employment laws, and we continually revise the training to ensure your understanding of all laws and regulations is up-to-date.
    • Our experienced team of attorneys can provide training for your organization, or develop a program your organization can utilize to train its own employees.
  • Crisis Management and Litigation Defense
    • Our team will be with you every step of the way, from the planning stages through implementation and maintenance of your program.
    • We work with you to ensure your employment policies and procedures are up to date and take into consideration all recent changes to workplace laws and regulations.
    • We work with you on crisis intervention and management, and when needed, we provide effective litigation defense.

Our goal at Jackson Walker is to see our clients succeed. With a robust D&I strategy and plan, companies can demonstrate to their employees and the general public their commitment to D&I, and better attract and retain talent with a diverse set of skills and expertise to the benefit of its business.

Michelle Mishoe Miller
Michelle Mishoe Miller

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4460

Sang Shin
Sang Shin

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4408

Jackie C. Staple
Jackie C. Staple

Associate, Houston
713.752.4415