ExxonMobil Agrees To Follow Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees

After 17 years of rejecting workplace protections for LGBT employees, the oil and gas company Exxon Mobil has agreed to abide by the new LGBT workplace discrimination protections for federal employees recently signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Exxon_mobil_2The Eagle reports that “the Labor Department has 90 days to issue regulations for how employers must comply.” However, the company has stopped short of creating and applying LGBT protections of its own.

The AP has more:

Exxon… according to government records, won more than $480 million in federal contracts in 2013 and more than $8 billion since 2006…

The company began offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in May 2013, a month before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states.

A lawsuit against the corporation is ongoing:

… Exxon is facing a same-sex discrimination complaint in Illinois. Last year, the group Freedom to Work sent the company two fictitious resumes for a job opening in Illinois. One resume had stronger qualifications, but identified the applicant as gay. Exxon Mobil responded to the lesser-qualified applicant's resume while the gay applicant received no reply.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Human Rights Commission overturned a lower body's decision to dismiss the case. Exxon has said the allegations are without merit.


  1. Mike B. says

    ExxonMobil is a terrible company; they are as homophobic as it gets. I avoid filling up at their stations.

  2. Zlick says

    I fill up at Exxon/Mobil, but I always use a condom.

    That’s right, folks, I’m here thru Thursday!

    (Actually, I don’t buy their products, but the joke was just sitting there waiting.)

  3. Mark says

    The oil patch isn’t all like Exxon. Shell and BP have non-discrimination policies, and gay pride employee networks. I work for one of those companies and can say that there is basic effort to promote diversity.

  4. Jim says

    Wow. This is HUGE. I didn’t think I would ever see this day. Thank you, President Obama! You kept your promise.

  5. Enchantra says

    I’m curious how one would identify oneself as gay in a resumé for work at Exxon.

  6. Enchantra says

    Mobil Oil had domestic partner benefits long before many other companies did. It wasn’t until Exxon acquired Mobil that Mobil’s employees no longer had DP coverage. Mobil had good health benefits for even it’s minimum wage employees, very good benefits like United PPO as well as Vision and Dental. Exxon did away with that too, installing the “mini-plan” which was basically a $10,000 garbage policy that Walmart and McDonald’s became famous for.

  7. jason MacBride says

    @ENCHANTRA: +1.

    Exxon is the Family Research Council of corporations. Not good people.

  8. DC Insider says

    There are multiple ways to “come out” through your resume, including volunteer work for a gay organization, or perhaps actual paid work for a gay organization. While straight people can and do volunteer or work at gay organizations, such a clearly labeled affiliation would target a resume.

    A student may also put their affiliation with a gay related college organization, again another “pink flag” for homophobic organizations.

    I have counseled students against identifying on their resumes anything that might trigger a negative reaction from a potential employer, including religious affiliations. As a gay man, I admit I would be turned off by an applicant who volunteered for the American Family Association for example.

    The resume is NOT the place to take a political stand.

  9. Randy says

    “the company has stopped short of creating and applying LGBT protections of its own.”

    No sale, Exxon.