Freedom to Work filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights that claims the oil giant ExxonMobil, discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, in its hiring practices, which violates the state’s laws
Freedom to Work is an organization committed to banning workplace harassment and career discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender Americans through public education, policy analysis, and legal work.
The complaint was filed on the heels of ExxonMobil’s shareholder vote to reject non-discrimination employment protections for LGBT employees, for the 14th time, at their annual meeting in Dallas, Texas.
Exxon Mobil spokesman Charles Engelmann told The New York Times that “ExxonMobil’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. In fact, our policies go well beyond the law and prohibit any form of discrimination.”
Their record tells a different story. Writing for the Washington Blade, Chris Johnson reports:
The case, Freedom to Work v. ExxonMobil Corp., is novel because the employment discrimination alleged is the result of resume audit testing. Under the strategy, fictitious resumes are sent for the same job opening in an attempt to reveal a candidate belonging to a minority group is unable to land a position.
In the test for anti-LGBT bias at Exxon Mobil — which has no non-discrimination policy protecting LGBT workers and has long been criticized by LGBT groups for alleged discrimination in hiring — Freedom to Work sent two applications in December from applicants for an administrative assistant position in Pataka, Ill.
One resume, written for “Jennifer Priston,” demonstrated a candidate who was well-qualified for the position, but outed her as LGBT because she had volunteer experience working for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. The other resume, written for “Michelle Caland” was less qualified in terms of work experience and education, but offered no indication she was LGBT.Even though Caland was less qualified, she received multiple call backs in response to her application.
The result of the testing uncovering apparent anti-gay basis is consistent with a 2011 study at Harvard University that found LGBT applicants were 40 percent less likely to be granted an interview than a straight applicant.
It’s obvious that ExxonMobil has no interest in the support of the LGBT community, and NO ONE should buy any products from Exxon Mobil.
There should be a nationwide boycott of all ExxonMobil products immediately.
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