Whilst the exact opinions were varied, there appeared to be a common sentiment that many firms who made the list of citation holders have done so without proper investigation into their gender equality practices.
In general response to the frustration and list, legal body Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) says greater transparency is needed to determine “true” employers of choice.
“AWL believes it is in the best interests of all parties involved that the entire WGEA citation application and award process be transparent.”
“The WGEA EOCGE citation identifies holders as ‘employers of choice’. It would appear incongruous if data relied upon in the assessment process did not mirror the reality of culture and employment practices as experienced by employees,” she added.
In conclusion, AWL noted that it “encourages and supports all law firms which make their applications for the EOCGE citation available for public scrutiny”.