ExxonMobil Accused Of Discriminatory Hiring Practices

So a giant oil firm with the initials ExxonMobil gets two resumes for the same job. One is of a qualified candidate with a 3.98 GPA whose experience shows she volunteered at an LGBT organization. The other has lower grades but nothing to indicate that she’s not 100% heterosexual. Who gets called in for the interview?

If you guessed the candidate with the lesbian-free resume, you win. In this case, if you are ExxonMobil, you may lose, and big. Because the two resumes were fictional and now they are at the heart of a complaint filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights that contends ExxonMobil is discriminatory.

ExxonMobil has long been an irritant for LGBT workplace advocates because of its refusal to institute nondiscrimination protections in the company. The Human Rights Campaign gave ExxonMobil a negative score on its most recent Corporate Equality index. Freedom to Work President Tico Almeida told the Los Angeles Times the oil giant “stands virtually alone in the Fortune 100 in denying qualified gay and transgender Americans a fair shot to get a job based on their talents and hard work.” Freedom to Work brought the complain to the Illinois commission.

Of course, ExxonMobil insists that it would never, ever discriminate. “Exxon Mobil’s global policies and processes prohibit all forms of discrimination, including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in any company workplace, anywhere in the world,” a spokesman told USA Today. “In fact, our policies go well beyond the law and prohibit any form of discrimination.”

A pretty neat trick that–having a policy that prohibits discrimination when you don’t have a nondiscrimination policy. And, just as important, don’t want one. Shareholder resolutions calling for a nondiscrimination policy have been proposed for several years now. ExxonMobil always urges a no vote.

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  • mada

    Corporations are NOT people! Just because a corporation is “all encompassing” does not mean its employees in its hiring sector will follow suit. You can find that BS in any corporation. It’s rather unsurprising, nor am I defending it. Big corporations are awful no matter what.

  • Atomicrob

    Lets have a national “cut up my credit card day” to protest. That’s the only thing these corporations and the discriminatory picky makers understand. Money!

  • Atomicrob

    Lets have a national “cut up my credit card day” to protest. That’s the only thing these corporations and the discriminatory policy makers understand. Money!

  • Desert Boy

    Is anyone surprised? The first thing Exxon Mobile did after they merged was eliminate Domestic Partner benefits. I cut up my old Mobile gas card years ago.

  • Harley

    I haven’t been to an Exxon station since Exxon Valdez happened. I discriminate against polluters. So sue me.

  • Rad

    This surprises you how? Mobile Gas was one of the FIRST petroleum companies to INCLUDE LGBT nondiscrimination in the their Corporate Code of Conduct. Exxon summarily removed it as soon as the ink dried on the sale, and have proudly and loudly said they will never support LGBT employees or communities. I have never used their products or visited their retail outlets since.

    There are plenty of other. friendlier fuel suppliers in the world.

  • ted72

    @Harley: Great comment! Go green!

  • ted72

    @Rad: Thanks for the info. I know better now.

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