Pond Lehocky launches Diversity and Inclusion Committee during Pride Month

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Pond Lehocky announces the creation of the firm’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion Committee for social justice to close out Pride Month.

Pond Lehocky female associate Melissa Chandy

Pond Lehocky associate Melissa Chandy

“My hope is to work together as a committee with a common goal of coming up with ideas and ways to fight racism and hate. I hope that we can challenge ourselves with the task of creating and implementing plans to continue the change we’ve seen," co-chair Melissa Chandy said.

As Pond Lehocky approaches its 10th anniversary they have launched the firm’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion Committee in honor of Pride Month and to fight social injustices. The committee will be co-chaired by founding partner Thomas Giordano and senior associate Melissa Chandy. It will be comprised of attorneys, members of the firm’s executive team, and staff members of all different backgrounds.

The creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is Pond Lehocky’s declaration that it is committed to the fight against racism and hate.

“My hope is to work with other attorneys, executive team members, and staff members, with a common goal of coming up with ideas and ways to fight racism and hate,” Melissa Chandy said. “I hope that we can challenge ourselves with the task of creating and implementing plans, to continue the change we’ve seen both locally and nationally. With that in mind, the upcoming election will be of particular importance to the committee.”

The goal of this committee is to promote ideas and events to further the spirit of diversity and inclusion, develop policies and practices to recruit, support, promote, and retain staff with diverse experiences and attributes and importantly incorporate racial justice and diversity in our community engagement and outreach efforts. The creation of this committee is a call to action to promote diversity and inclusion, not only within the firm’s walls, but within the community.

Throughout Pride Month, the firm has spotlighted different LGBTQIA+ staff members who offered their perspectives on the workplace and the importance of diversity and inclusion within organizations. Pond Lehocky has made it a mission to diversify the legal industry, not only to meet a moral obligation, but because it understands that inclusion is good for business. Getting diverse input and insights allows Pond Lehocky to better connect with clients, who come from all walks of life, and helps the firm deliver innovative legal solutions to clients’ most pressing problems.

Pond Lehocky remains committed to fighting for the rights of injured workers, which includes a fight for basic rights and freedoms.

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ABOUT POND LEHOCKY
Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Pond Lehocky is one the largest law firms in the region and helps Americans with workers’ compensation, employment law, injury and disability legal matters. Since opening its door in 2010, the firm has won more than 80 awards, including U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Top Workplaces, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, and recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as one of the top law firms in Philadelphia for gender diversity.

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