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Still Bias Against LGBT Workers

By Charlotte Robinson, May 30, 2014

Once again Exxon Mobil shareholders denied workplace protections for its lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, or LGBT, employees this week. Tico Almeida, President of Freedom to Work stated, “An executive order by President Barack Obama would force Exxon Mobil to adopt LGBT workplace protections in order to continue profiting from hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded contracts. Exxon’s leadership has rejected these common-sense nondiscrimination policies year after year, even though their competitors at Chevron and BP understand that banning discrimination is good for business. It’s time for presidential leadership to move Exxon to accept the American value that everybody deserves a fair shot in the workplace.” A new report “A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers” documents how LGBT workers continue to face unfair treatment, harassment & discrimination, yet no federal law provides them with explicit legal protections. It was co-authored by MAP, the Center for American Progress, Freedom to Work & the Human Rights Campaign in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality & Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director of the Movement Advancement Project, or MAP stated, “Fewer than half of states have laws protecting workers based on sexual orientation & gender identity/expression. The states without employment protections are home to more than half of the nation’s LGBT population, including many who experience extreme discrimination & high rates of poverty. Policymakers from the municipal to federal level must address the critical need for employment protections.”  
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