Exxon: Don’t Fuel Anti-LGBT Workplace Discrimination with U.S. Taxpayer Money
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Exxon: Don’t Fuel Anti-LGBT Workplace Discrimination with U.S. Taxpayer Money

    1. Petition by

      Tico Almeida, Freedom to Work

The corporation ExxonMobil takes millions of dollars in American taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars every year through federal contracts, but Exxon’s corporate bosses refuse to follow American values – like judging their employees based on their talent and hard work rather than whom they love. Most leaders in Corporate America have adopted policies banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans – because it’s the morally right thing to do, as well as what’s best for a company’s bottom line – but Exxon is one of the biggest corporate hold-outs that refuses to provide basic fairness to LGBT employees.

Thankfully, Americans are standing up to ExxonMobil and demanding change. Leaders like New York State’s Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, are bringing a shareholder resolution to Exxon’s board meeting later this month pushing the corporation to adopt policies to ensure that Exxon employees are not fired or harassed at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Exxon’s LGBT employees also deserve an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work.

In addition, leaders in Washinton. D.C. – including elected officials in the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as LGBT advocates from Freedom to Work, the Human Rights Campaign, the Center for American Progress and many other organizations – are pushing President Barack Obama to sign an executive order that would require federal contractors like ExxonMobil to adopt LGBT non-discrimination policies if they want to continue profiting from taxpayer-funded contracts. In 2008, candidate Barack Obama made a promise in writing that he would sign such an executive policy for federal contractors, and while White House staffers have stalled the policy, the President still has the opportunity to keep his promise by taking strong executive action in favor of workplace fairness.

In the meantime, we sign this Freedom to Work petition on change.org because we want ExxonMobil to clean up its act and start implementing the Golden Rule: treat others as we’d like to be treated, including our LGBT co-workers and family members. Let’s stand together and tell Exxon’s corporate bosses: Don’t Fuel Anti-LGBT Workplace Discrimination with U.S. Taxpayer Money!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Watch: Freedom to Work on Current TV discussing their petition

      Tico Almeida, founder and president of Freedom to Work, reacts to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s statement in support of marriage equality and describes the objectives of the Change.org petition he created to target Exxon Mobil for its lack of corporate policies to protect LGBT employees from discrimination. “They are decades behind in adopting the principles of corporate leadership that so many Fortune 500 companies have already adopted because it’s the right thing to do for business,” says Almeida.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lily Zukerman WILMINGTON, NC
      • 11 months ago

      why is homophobia necessary?

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      "Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."

      —Louisa May Alcott

      "Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."

      —Susan B. Anthony

      "The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race."

      —Susan B. Anthony

      "We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever."

      —Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876

      "There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."

      —Susan B. Anthony

      "In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman."

      —Nancy Astor

      (British Politician)

      "For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women."

      —Elizabeth Blackwell

      (The first woman in the U.S. to become a physician)

    • shirelle stubbs NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Discrimination, is a form of bigotry and intolerance. I will be damned if someone thinks it's somehow elevating to be confined to a binder because of prejudices.

    • Karen Howard PORT ST LUCIE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      As long as Exxon refuses to provide basic fairness to LGBT employees, I will refuse to support Exxon, and I will ask that our tax dollars go elsewhere.

    • Ken Schmidt MECHANICSBURG, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      It's just basic discrimination here. And, that's wrong. We need to stop *all* forms of discrimination!


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