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ExxonMobil: Evolve already on LGBT workplace protections

Thursday, May 24, 2012

DALLAS — The Dallas Morning News on Thursday weighed in on ExxonMobil’s 13-year refusal to add workplace protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Texas-based oil giant has repeatedly resisted a implementing a formal policy prohibiting discrimination against LGBT employees, and is the only Fortune 500 company to receive a negative rating in the HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index.

“Corporate America is now leading the way in extending benefits to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. This quiet revolution has taken place even though it is legal in 29 states, including Texas, to discriminate against employees because of their sexual orientation. [...]

The one glaring exception to this positive trend remains Irving-based ExxonMobil.

The fight to make ExxonMobil’s non-discrimination policy LGBT-inclusive dates back to 1999.

Before Mobil Corp. was acquired by Exxon Corp., Mobil prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and offered health benefits to domestic partners of its employees.

Following Mobil’s 1999 merger with Exxon, the non-discrimination policy was removed and the domestic partner benefits program was closed to new employees.

Since that year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation along with other groups such as the New York City Pension Funds, has filed a resolution to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the company’s EEO policy.

In March, ExxonMobil again asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow it to omit a resolution, sponsored by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its EEO policies from its shareholder meeting which will be held May 30. The SEC rejected the request to block the shareholder resolution.

“ExxonMobil has resisted offering basic employment protections for their LGBT employees for years,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

“With each passing year, it becomes more apparent that instituting inclusive non-discrimination policies is the right thing to do.”

“This year alone, the New York State Comptroller said it’s fiscally responsible, the SEC cleared a path to progress, and the oil giant’s hometown newspaper, the Dallas Morning News, called on the company to protect all workers.”

“ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded oil and gas company in the world, should heed the call this time around,” said the Morning News.

“By explicitly prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, the company will join the growing community of corporations that now view this as an essential and even indispensable part of doing business,” the newspaper concluded.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Now if O’Reilly Auto Parts would do that. It’s ok for a porn loving Christian guy to be a store manager, but it wasn’t ok for me to be lesbian and a night manager. I was demoted to parts delivery driver and transferred to another store after the manager found out that I am a lesbian. I didn’t even get dropped back to the non-managerial sales job that is in between night manager and delivery driver.

    Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:32pm
  2. Big business, be very careful, it’s a long way down, and the buttom will hurt…

    Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:42pm
  3. there r plenty of other gas stations DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY ON A COMPANY THAT DOES NOT RESPECT YOU

    Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:51pm
  4. My family has been in the ExxonMobil Industry since it was Humble Oil, I am so happy that they are finally putting this in place! Of course it was the last company I would have expected, but non the less, I am STILL happy it’s happening! Go EXXONMOBIL!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 11:03pm
  5. This gay man will not purchase Exxon Mobil gas or products and intend to share this information extensively and esp. within the LGBT community!

    Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 11:11pm
  6. @Lisha It remains to be seen whether it will happen. The board has recommended a NO vote.

    Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 11:28pm
  7. I haven’t stopped in an Exxon/Mobil station in over 5 years for this very reason.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 2:53am
  8. thanks for the info.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 3:04am
  9. Haven’t used Exxon/Mobil since their merger….Mobil Oil was taken over by bigots at Exxon who pollute whereever they drill or transport crude.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 7:47am
  10. What do you expect remember they like all oil company’s bring unfeeling greedy humanoids screw us and our envirement, nothing they do suprizes me, we need to muzzle them. But that’s right the republican terrorists protect them, vote republican vermin out of office. Save our country!

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 8:09am