As they have many times before, the shareholders of ExxonMobil have once again voted down a proposal to implement nondiscrimination protections for LGBT employees, with a stunning 81-19 vote. The Dallas Voice notes this is the lowest amount of support the measure has ever received in its 14 consecutive years of consideration since Exxon merged with Mobil in 1999 and stripped them away.
What makes this year’s vote distinct is that ExxonMobil was sued just last week in Illinois for blatantly engaging in discrimination against a gay candidate, preferring a less qualified candidate over one who openly identified as gay. It was a test run by the group Freedom to Work, which then filed the suit with evidence from the test in hand. ExxonMobil became the first company to ever receive a negative rating from the Human Rights Campaign for not only providing no support for LGBT employees, but advocating against the LGBT community. Exxon ranks second on the Fortune 500, 88 percent of which have LGBT protections.