ExxonMobil Votes Down LGBT Employment Protections for 14th Year in a Row

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For the 14th year in a row, oil and gas giant ExxonMobil has voted down a resolution that would have implemented an LGBT nondiscrimination policy at the company.

About 81 percent of company shareholders voted to not implement the measure on May 29, according to the Dallas Voice. The 19 percent support for the resolution reportedly was the lowest ever.

The highest level of support was in 2008, with nearly 40 percent of shareholders in favor, but still falling short.

“ExxonMobil continues to dig in its heels to prove that it is one of the most ardent proponents of LGBT discrimination in the country,” said gay rights organization Get Equal in a statement. “While ExxonMobil rakes in billions of dollars in federal contracts each year -- paid for with taxpayer money -- it's stunning that the company is so actively and blatantly out of step with the three-quarters of the American public who support LGBT workplace protections.”

There is currently no federal law making protecting LGBT community members against workplace discrimination.

According to the Human Rights Campaign's 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), on a 0 to 100 point scale, ExxonMobil had a score of negative 25 points. Sergio N. Candido