Monday, April 30, 2007

Exxon-Mobil: ZERO

Exxon Mobil is one of three companies to score a ZERO rating on the HRC Corporate Equality Index.

Here is what HRC had to say about them: "ExxonMobil has the dubious distinction of being the only U.S. company to have rolled back both benefits eligibility for its employees’ domestic partners and a non-discrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation. When Exxon purchased Mobil in 1999, Mobil had specifically included sexual orientation in its non- discrimination policy and offered benefits to domestic partners. Exxon did neither. Mobil’s employees lost the protections and the domestic partner benefits program was closed to new applicants when they were brought under Exxon’s policies. Since then, the company has consistently refused to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy despite shareholder attempts. Instead of modifying its written policy for its employees, the company simply professes to its shareholders that it does not discriminate."

It also has a couple of locations in West Hollyood--at 8020 Santa Monica Boulevard--next to FuBar--and at 8380 Santa Monica Boulevard across from Hugo's Restaurant. There is also anouther location just outside West Hollywood at Sunset and Fairfax.

About the West Hollywood Business Blog

Welcome to the West Hollywood Business Blog. Here, you will find information about how businesses in and around West Hollywood fare on the 2006 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

While California law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, that does not mean that all businesses treat their gay and lesbian employees equally. The HRC Index bases its findings on a number of factors--"
including whether they have a written non-discrimination policy covering sexual orientation; support transgender employees with written non-discrimination policies and benefits; offer inclusive health insurance, bereavement and family leave policies to employees with same-sex partners; offer diversity training; have GLBT employee groups; engage in appropriate and respectful advertising to the GLBT community; contribute to GLBT community organizations; and decline to engage in any activities that would undermine the goal of equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."

We'll break down how business rate by industry--so you can compare hotels against each other or decide where to fill your car up with gas--and give those with the highest ratings a "Good to Go" label!

Thanks for visiting this site and thanks for frequenting West Hollywood's gay-friendly businesses!