Add gender identity and gender expression to their diversity statement
  • Petitioned Harkins Administrative Services Inc.

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Harkins Administrative Services Inc.

Add gender identity and gender expression to their diversity statement

    1. Christopher Hall
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Hall

      Phoenix, AZ

As an employee, it is important to know that you are protected when going into work. If anything were to occur (hate speech, harassment, etc.) , that actions would be made because actions such as discrimination would not be tolerated.   

When applying for a job, Harkins Administrative Services Inc. makes it clear they do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity. Once employed however, no protections are mentioned in any of their policies.

The company has what is known as a Diversity Statement, which is posted in their handbook and in the employee break rooms. All those listed as a protected class upon applying are carried over to the company's Diversity Statement with the exception of Gender Identity. It was dropped from the list. 

  I remember the feeling of happiness when I first read the statement. Sexual Orientation was included, I am among the protected class. I couldn't imagine the feeling of being trans and seeing the exact opposite. It must be disheartening to see.   

AMC Theatre, a competitor of Harkins Theatre and a fortune 1000 company (rank 765), does include gender identity and gender expression in their statement and we hope Harkins Theatre will do the same.   

Please sign the petition and ask Harkins Theatre to make the change today! 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Ira Sanchez to talk to Human Resources

      Christopher Hall
      Petition Organizer

      Ira Sanchez is an openly trans identified employee who is willing to share with Harkins what this change would mean to him. A face-to-face meeting with the director of Human Resources was not granted, but the HR Director is more than willing to speak with Ira via a phone conversation. Let's hope nothing but great things come from this conversation. An update will be given once the conversation takes place.
      - Chris

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Meeting is Scheduled

      Christopher Hall
      Petition Organizer

      A meeting with Harkins' Director of Human Resources has been scheduled. The meeting will take place on Monday August 27th! - Chris

    4. Harkins Calls Back / A Meeting is Asked For

      Christopher Hall
      Petition Organizer

      I received a call from Harkins' Director of Human Resources, Gina Thompson, on Friday August 3rd 2012. In her voice mail she stated, "she promises it is still on their radar and that conversations among their department are taking place. I called back to return her call on Wednesday October 8th asking to schedule a meeting with her in the hopes of coming in and sharing with her this petition and why the issue is so important to me and many others within the LGBTQ community. Hoping to receive a call back soon in regards to the meeting! - Chris

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Background Information Behind the Petition!

      Christopher Hall
      Petition Organizer

      A few months ago, I was harassed by a fellow co-worker for my orientation. I filed a complaint, he admitted to his actions and reasoning and was fired shortly thereafter. I just hope my trans friends and family would have the same protections if a similar incident happened to them. Harkins has not discriminated against anyone on the basis of their gender identity (to my knowledge) we are just asking the company to please expand their protections to include those who identify as trans! Thank you for all those who have participated. Please help by joining the cause today! - Chris

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. A call to Human Resources

      Christopher Hall
      Petition Organizer

      A call was placed to Harkins' Director of Human Resources,Gina Thompson, at 4:38pm. A voice mail was left asking the status of the issue. She is expected to return to the office on Wednesday August 1st 2012. - Chris

    9. Reached 200 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeffrey Adams PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because I have transgender friends & I don't necessarily fit the standard gender expression of the mainstream. Everyone deserves protection & inclusion. Harkins is a great theater chain & I'd love to be more proud to patronize! :-)

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    • Linda Cunningham PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      all womyn and men are created by God and equal

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    • Byron Patten SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a native to Scottsdale and 40 years old. I spend the first 31 years of my life in the closet. because of the social media and entertainment industry and news industry over the past several years setting a tone that homosexuality is acceptable and normal has made it easier for individuals like myself to be opened and proud. to this day I am now is sexual education HIV prevention counselor for Ryan White and for Arizona Department of Health Services. I would be very proud and honored to know that my hometown theater that I grew up going to movie since I was a small boy is now recognizing homosexuality and diversity in our city and state. please excuse any typos or run on sentences I am doing this on my mobile phone. please feel free to contact me if you wish any further statements keep up the good work harkins theaters your loyal customer! Byron Patten 602-492-1972

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    • Robert Fernie PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      Gender identify and gender expression do not affect a person's ability to do a job, and therefore people with a different gender ID or expression should be treated just like anyone else.

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    • Kourtney Stafford GLENDALE, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      By allowing all employees to be comfortable with who they are in the workforce will increase productivity and loyalty.

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