While that's great news for same-sex couples seeking equality under the law for their relationships, it's still legal to fire LGBT employees in 30 states for their sexual orientation or gender identity, including Alabama. Exxon was the last Fortune company to include LGBT workers in its anti-discrimination policies, and some observers said the company changed its stance only as a result of an executive order last year that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees. Exxon, which is one of the biggest federal contractors, is also the subject of a hiring discrimination lawsuit involving LGBT employees in Illinois. For its part, Exxon says it's always adhered to federal standards of non-discrimination. In an email, a company spokesman wrote:.
Through a range of programs, activities and investments, we strive to create and maintain a diverse workforce representative of the numerous geographies where we do business. Our Global Diversity Framework is the foundation for this approach, with three interrelated objectives:. The framework communicates these existing principles in the context of our increasing global operations. Diversity and inclusion of thought, skill, knowledge and culture make ExxonMobil more competitive, more resilient and better able to navigate the complex and constantly changing global energy business.
Tillerson is the CEO and has worked at the company for most of his adult life. On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump said he would nominate Tillerson to be the nation's top diplomat. The Senate debate over his confirmation is expected to focus on Tillerson's ties to Russia. Some Republicans have already voiced reservations.
Following President Barack Obama's signing of an executive order Monday expanding protections for federal workers and contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the Labor Department has 90 days to issue regulations for how employers must comply. The world's biggest oil and gas company by market value will continue to "abide by the law," spokesman Alan Jeffers said Tuesday. He wouldn't say if that meant changing the language in the company's formal equal employment opportunity policy, but stressed that Exxon prohibits "discrimination on any basis.