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Freedom to Work Launches Campaign Aimed at Exxon's Anti-LGBT Policies Ahead of Next Week’s Board Mtg

Freedom to Work Launches Campaign Aimed at Exxon's Anti-LGBT Policies Ahead of Next Week’s Board Mtg

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Brad Luna, Luna Media Groupbrad@lunamediagroup.com,202-812-8140(cell)
Freedom to Work Launches Campaign Aimed at Exxon'sAnti-
LGBT Policies Ahead of Next Week’s Board Mtg
 New Freedom to Work Petition Urges Exxon Leadership: “Don't Fuel 
 LGBT Workplace Discrimination with U.S. Taxpayer Money”
Last night, Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work -- a nationalorganization working to ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender (LGBT) Americans -- announced the launch of a new campaign and petition aimedat ExxonMobil's discriminatory policies against LGBT employees.Ahead of next week's ExxonMobil board meeting, Ameida's announcement on last night's"Viewpoint with Elliot Spitzer" calls on Exxon leadership to adopt t
he “Golden Rule” by
implementing LGBT nondiscrimination policies and equal benefits. The segment is available onthe Current TV website,here.View Freedom to Work's petition on Change.org,here.  "Exxon is decades behind in adopting the American values of civil rights by refusing to banLGBT workplace discrimination and denying equal benefits to gay and lesbian employees, eventhough Exxon receives lucrative federal contracts worth millions in U.S. taxpayer dollars everyyear" said Almeida. "Most major oil companies -- Chevron, BP, Texaco -- already have thesepolicies in place. This is the right thing to do for business, and it's the right thing to do morally."Thomas DiNapoli, New York State's Comptroller, plans to bring a shareholder resolution to nextweek's Exxon board meeting pushing the corporation to adopt policies that ensure its employeesare not fired or harassed at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Almeidapraised DiNapoli for his "strong leadership and advocacy for workplace fairness," noting that theNew York State Comptroller has recently persuaded companies such as Equifax and DollarGeneral to adopt similar LGBT fairness policies."The good news is that our leaders are pushing forward. Many of our elected officials in theSenate and House of Representatives have joined LBGT advocacy organizations as we urgePresident Barack Obama to sign an executive order that would require federal contractors likeExxon to adopt LGBT nondiscrimination policies," said Almeida. "If Exxon wants to continueprofiting from taxpayer-funded contracts, we must pressure them to clean up their act and treatothers as they would like to be treated -- including LGBT employees and their families."Due to the corporation's public anti-LGBT position, ExxonMobil is currently rated -25 onHuman Rights Campaign's annual "Corporate Equality Index," a rating of LGBT policies andpractices of large U.S. companies. Exxon is the first corporation ever to receive a negative scoreon the index.###

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