DALLAS – GetEQUAL – a grassroots organization that stands up for GLBT equality by using direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience – will hold a protest today at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting of shareholders to call attention to the oil giant’s discriminatory policies against GLBT employees.
The protest comes as GetEQUAL continues to pressure President Obama to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
ExxonMobil remains the only Fortune 10 company that refuses to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the corporation’s leadership has made it clear that it will only institute such policies if required by federal law. ExxonMobil’s Vice President of Investor Relations and Secretary David Rosenthal, in a letter to GetEQUAL following a protest at the 2010 shareholder meeting, stated, “Where we operate in countries in which the national laws require specific language regarding nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity be included in policies, we have amended our policies as appropriate."
In a push for the corporation to adopt policies that ensure its employees are not fired or harassed at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, Thomas DiNapoli, New York State’s Comptroller, plans to bring a shareholder resolution to tomorrow’s meeting.
Founded in 2010, GetEQUAL is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and our allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way.