WBEZ | GLBT http://www.wbez.org/tags/glbt Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois investigates Exxon for sexual orientation discrimination http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-investigates-exxon-sexual-orientation-discrimination-108007 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Exxon_sh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><a href="about:blank">The Illinois Department of Human Rights</a> is investigating one of the largest corporations in the country for alleged sexual orientation discrimination.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.freedomtowork.org/">Freedom to Work</a> brought the<a href="https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5mOZEnJG6GOQnRLdmJ4X1BLMEk/edit"> discrimination charges</a> against <a href="http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/">Exxon Mobil </a>earlier this month. The national organization works against sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace and says Exxon is the single worst offender of LGBT discrimination in the country.</p><p dir="ltr">The organization says it sent nearly identical resumes to Exxon. But one applicant had a higher GPA, longer work history, and volunteered with a gay organization in college. That applicant allegedly never got an interview, while the other applicant did.</p><p dir="ltr">Tico Almeida is the organization&#39;s founder. He says they did the discrimination test in dozens of states, but brought charges in Illinois because it has <a href="http://www.aclu.org/maps/non-discrimination-laws-state-state-information-map">some of the strongest sexual orientation protections in the country</a>. It outlawed sexual orientation discrimination in 2006 while Texas, where the organization also found evidence of discrimination, has no such law.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Exxon could actually put out a sign on their door in Texas that says gays not apply and that would be perfectly legal,&rdquo; Almeida said.</p><p dir="ltr">Freedom to Work hopes the case will help them push for federal sexual orientation protections. It&rsquo;s pressuring President Barrack Obama to sign an executive order banning corporations with discriminatory practices from federal contracts. It is also pushing to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), federal legislation that would provide protections against sexual orientation discrimination.</p><p dir="ltr">Exxon Mobil says they received the charges and are in the process of evaluating them in the context of their company&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/careers_emplpolicies_harass.aspx"> policy.</a></p><p>The Illinois Department of Human Rights started the investigation today and says it will likely take a year.</p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-investigates-exxon-sexual-orientation-discrimination-108007