Cooley believes in respecting the dignity of each individual at the firm, and all others working with us and in our offices. Each of these persons in turn is expected to show respect for each other, as well as for clients, and for others doing business with the firm. The firm’s vision and values states: “We treat each other with civility and respect, and rely on each other's humor, friendship and support to make the firm an enjoyable place to work.” Respectful, professional conduct furthers the firm’s mission, promotes productivity, minimizes disputes, and enhances our reputation. Accordingly, this policy forbids any unwelcome conduct that is based on an individual's race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, pregnancy, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or any other protected status of an individual or that individual's associates or relatives. The firm is thus committed to providing a work environment that is free of prohibited discrimination, which includes harassment that is based on any legally protected status.