Saturday, May 25, 2013

Exxon-Mobil seems like a holdout in formal recognition of LGBT equality, non-discrimination

The New York Times on Saturday has a major story by James B. Stewart, supplemented by a video online, about the unwillingness of Exxon-Mobil to add explicit protection of gays and lesbians for discrimination in its HR policy.
The link for the story is here.
The story relates that all other major oil companies have implemented such policies. Mobil had done so, but when Exxon bought Mobil, it ended the policy for the acquired employees.
The article reports that Exxon may lose some talent over the issue, and that at least one executive in Europe refused to come to the US without domestic partnership benefits. 
Exxon claims it has a broad-based non-discrimination policy and does not need to name sexual orientation specifically. It does add explicit protections in areas required by local law.
One test case showed a resume from an openly gay applicant was not viewed as favorably as a lesser qualified one, but workplace consultants say that personal issues should not be brought up in job applications.  But there is of course the likelihood of a company’s checking social media, which could result in blanket discrimination.
The report also mentions that a major executive at Exxon has ties to the Boy Scouts of America, which “partially” reversed its ban yesterday.
I have held Exxon stock for years, since 1977, but recently an investment advisor sold it as part of a portfolio restructuring.  The gay issue had nothing to do with the action. I have often referred to Exxon publications on my Issues blog when writing about energy issues. 
In 1983, while living in Dallas, I did have a job issue with Arco, which did not result in an offer. 

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