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ExxonMobil shareholders reject protections for LGBT employees

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DALLAS, TX -– ExxonMobil shareholders on Wednesday voted against a resolution that would have prohibited workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The resolution, rejected by 80 percent of shareholders, would have specifically amended “ExxonMobil’s written equal employment opportunity policy to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to substantially implement the policy.”

More than a decade ago, 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 its 1999 merger with Exxon, the non-discrimination policy was removed and the domestic partner benefits program was closed to new employees.

Since that time, 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 2011, the shareholder proposal garnered significant support, receiving votes representing over 500 million shares with a market value of more than $42.4 billion.

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. The SEC rejected the request to block the shareholder resolution.

Last week, ExxonMobil’s hometown newspaper, the Dallas Morning News, weighed in on the controversy surrounding the company’s 13-year refusal to protect its LGBT employees, publishing an editorial calling on the company to heed the call and do the right thing.

“The shareholder resolution to add sexual orientation and gender identity to ExxonMobil’s EEO policy was a non-binding referendum and the company still has the chance to do the right thing,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

“As perhaps the largest corporation in the country, ExxonMobil has a responsibility to be a good corporate citizen; sadly they have fallen far short. The company has resisted offering basic employment protections for their LGBT workers for years and it’s time they treat all of their employees like the valuable assets they are,” Solmonese said.

As of 2012, 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their EEO policy and 50 percent include gender identity.

On HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, ExxonMobil received a score of -25. In contrast, oil and gas companies such as Chevron, BP, Shell, and Spectra received scores of 85 or higher.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. guess I’m not using Exxon anymor

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:51pm
  2. Who’s surprised? This neanderthal company is based in Texas.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:52pm
  3. has a simple solution. “If every gay person bought up as much of XOM (which curretnly pays an annual dividend of 2.8%) as we could, it wouldn’t be long before WE could vote through that resolution. We need to stop preaching to the choir and grab corporate America by the balls and squeeze had till they beg for mercy.”

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:52pm
  4. No more Exxon in my car….too bad my $50.00 a week won’t hurt them at all!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:52pm
  5. i think a boycott of exxon/mobil products is in order :)

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:53pm
  6. Buy Shell gas they have 100 HRC rating

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:53pm
  7. oh Good…ANOTHER scum-bag run business for me (and others) to boycott…>:-)

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:54pm
  8. Well I’m boycotting their companies! No more Esso for this gal.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:54pm
  9. why did we think they gave a shit about their employees they have shafted the planet and people worldwide for years how is this latest shit fest and difference.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:55pm
  10. well guess i won’t be spending anymore money with this company.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:55pm
  11. This is one of the reasons I stopped purchasing from Exxon; they took away the lgbt benefits that Mobil had after the merger. still denying equal benefits to this day.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:56pm
  12. Another sad and horrific decision by small minded and unloving people

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:00pm
  13. No more Exxon gas!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:01pm
  14. Yes, boycott!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:15pm
  15. Well you really do not expect the same company that almost destroyed an entire wildlife ecosystem to give a damn about human beings do you?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:17pm
  16. @Scott, add ur 50:00 to mine … and so on and so on…. one day it will be enough.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:22pm
  17. I still refuse to buy Exxon gas… since way back when they first began antigay policies… Only reason to go to an Exxon station is to leave a #2 in the facilities. Silly yes… Effective, probably not…. But they deserve so much more…..

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:27pm
  18. Are we surprised that someone else is wrong with this company? I’m certainly not. I’ve never [I started driving after the oil spill] purchased gas, or anything else, from Exxon and definitely don’t plan on starting anytime soon-they clearly have no morality.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:54pm
  19. Will definitely boycott…

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 11:14pm
  20. Boycott ExxonMobil? Ahahaha, good luck!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 8:06am
  21. Exxon Mobil, I’m ashamed of you!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:50pm