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ExxonMobil Lies About Non-Discrimination Policy

On Monday President Obama announced that he would soon be issuing an executive order that would extend essential protections to employees of federal contractors, which covers LGBT employee protections. ExxonMobil is one of the government's largest federal contractors.

ExxonMobil tankUnfortunately, ExxonMobil has a rather sordid history of repeatedly rejecting LGBT workplace discrimination policies and have even been taken to court for anti-gay discrimination.

In an attempt to run some damage control, ExxonMobil released a statement that dispensed with spin and decided to just flat-out lie about their own record. A statement that the Human Rights Campaign managed to secure claimed that ExxonMobil has:

...a longstanding policy that strictly prohibits any form of discrimination by or toward employees, contractors, suppliers and customers in any ExxonMobil workplace. Our global, zero-tolerance policy applies to all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

False. Perhaps instead of fabricating lies, ExxonMobil should be spending their efforts on figuring out how to remain in compliance with Obama's impending executive order while at the same time appeasing their bigoted shareholders who voted for 17 years in a row to deny protections for LGBT workers.

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  1. "Perhaps instead of fabricating lies, ExxonMobil should be spending their efforts on figuring out how to remain in compliance with Obama's impending executive order while at the same time appeasing their bigoted shareholders who voted for 17 years in a row to deny protections for LGBT workers."

    You tell them Christian! I like what you wrote because it's kind of angry and packs a punch.

    Posted by: Guillermo Luna | Jun 19, 2014 7:05:26 PM


  2. About time.

    Posted by: David | Jun 19, 2014 7:20:43 PM


  3. The Department of Defense is their largest customer, so maybe the Secretary of Defense can (1) explain what DoD did with those who wouldn't accept the repeal of DADT, for example, and (2) inform them there are other domestic oil companies that can comply if Exxon can't.

    And perhaps the Justice Department needs to investigate ExxonMobil for violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Since Mobil was a fairly progressive company (for an oil major) before Exxon gobbled them up it can be argued that the industry and the market has been damaged by the acquisition. I'm not saying they'd find anything particularly damning, but it would be interesting to watch management and the shareholders squirm (and I'm saying that as a former Exxon shareholder [by inheritance]).

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jun 19, 2014 7:36:13 PM


  4. At one time Exxon-Mobil's policy DUD prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but they changed the policy to remove that protection. Ever since that day i have removed them from the list of places I will spend money.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jun 19, 2014 7:40:30 PM


  5. rumor has I that EXMO may be acquiring Anadarko. If so, that would make my husband and I STOCKHOLDERS in ExonMobil. I just can't wait for the agony we intend to cause them.

    WE ARE HERE, WE ARE QUEER, AND WE OWN PART OF YOU HELEN!

    Posted by: Ajijic Expat | Jun 19, 2014 7:41:14 PM


  6. Stop pumping, drive electric!

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 19, 2014 9:05:32 PM


  7. I wonder if they'll finally adopt a clear anti-discrimination policy.

    Obama might actually be making it possible for me to consider ExxonMobil again.

    In Canada, they are known as Esso, but I always thought this was just a little more accurate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggIl-dA27i8

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 19, 2014 10:52:05 PM


  8. Kill ExxonMobil. And kill Chick-Fil-A.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jun 20, 2014 12:24:43 AM


  9. This information was on Exxon Mobil's website a few hours after the President's announcement when I searched for it. Maybe they could have taken action that quickly, but the evidence suggests that this webpage pre-existed the announcement.

    Also, I am amused that HRC is saying that this was a statement that they obtained. It's actually a public page on a public website about their policies.

    Posted by: Jared | Jun 20, 2014 12:07:01 PM


  10. The fault lies not simply with 'bigoted shareholders.' When XOM sends out its annual meeting announcement/proxy information, the Board recommends that shareholders vote against a more inclusive policy. It's the Board and its leadership that needs to shape the hell up.

    Posted by: RichardR | Jun 20, 2014 2:37:56 PM


  11. Since taking over Mobil - an out front leader in this industry, having already created workplace standards along with the rest of Corporate America inclusive of sexual orientation - and domestic partner benefits, Exxon has failed miserably. Mobil's policies were eliminated as they rolled everything into Exxon, and year after year, gleefully keeping it that way. Not one dime, not one gallon .... 100% Exxon-Mobil non user, and have enrolled others along the way.

    Posted by: RexTIII | Jun 22, 2014 12:26:19 PM


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