Exxon-Mobil Agrees to Grant Employee Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

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It’s taken years of fervent legal pressure, but Exxon-Mobil, the nation’s most profitable corporation, has finally agreed to grant employee benefits to same-sex couples.  The decision to amend the company’s discriminatory employee benefits policy comes in response to pressure from both the LGBT organization Freedom to Work as well as the US Labor Department, which officially advised Exxon-Mobile to update it’s policies, noting that they were no longer lawful following the recent Supreme Court DOMA decision.  “Today is a victory for the freedom to work,” said Tico Almeida, founder and president of the LGBT organization Freedom to Work, in a statement, “After years of stubbornly refusing, we commend Exxon for joining the majority of the Fortune 500 business leaders that already treat gay and lesbian married couples equally under employee benefit plans.” Freedom to Work is currently involved in an ongoing lawsuit against Exxon-Mobil for engaging in discriminatory hiring practices against LGBT applicants, a complaint that was filed in the state of Illinois earlier this year.

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