GetEQUAL to Protest ExxonMobil for Anti-Gay Policies

An ExxonMobil Executive. Image via Facebook.

Using direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience, GetEQUAL, will hold a protest at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting of shareholders in Dallas, Texas, to call attention to the oil giant’s discriminatory policies against LGBT employees. The protest comes as GetEQUAL continues to pressure President Obama to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Year after year, ExxonMobil remains the only Fortune 10 company that refuses to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the corporation’s leadership has made it clear that it will only institute such policies if required by federal law. ExxonMobil’s Vice President of Investor Relations and Secretary David Rosenthal, in a letter to GetEQUAL following a protest at the 2010 shareholder meeting, stated, “Where we operate in countries in which the national laws require specific language regarding nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity be included in policies, we have amended our policies as appropriate.” An executive order is the only way that ExxonMobil says it will adopt policies that treat their LGBT employees the same as their straight counterparts. President of Investor Relations and Secretary David Rosentha said at  a 2010 shareholders’ meeting: “Where we operate in countries in which the national laws require specific language regarding nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity be included in policies, we have amended our policies as appropriate.”

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