Employment discrimination has far reaching effects for California

Every person who wishes to work has the right to be considered equally for a job as the others who are applying. However, there are still instances of companies disregarding certain applications because of the individual's sexual orientation. In a recent case outside California, a civil rights group has alleged that Exxon Mobil used employment discrimination practices in handling two applications for a vacant position.

The group sent two applications with one of them giving significant indications that they were a gay-rights activist. This application also showed that the individual had higher grades in college and high school than the other applicant. However, the human resources department of Exxon only made efforts to set up an interview with the individual who had not identified themselves as a gay-rights activist.

This latest complaint against Exxon comes on top of them receiving the lowest score of Fortune 500 companies when it comes to ranking their corporate anti-discrimination policies. Exxon was given a score below zero, the only company to receive a score in the negative numbers. Many other Fortune 500 companies scored above 80.

Every California resident has a right to equal protection when looking for a job. Although there is a wide range of criteria that can be used in a potential employer picking the best candidate for the job, if there is evidence that the only criteria they used was discriminatory, this could raise a basis for a discriminatory action to be filed. This complaint, if successfully litigated, could ensure that the company is put on notice that their employment discrimination will no longer be tolerated and that they will be held accountable for their conduct.

Source: USA Today, "Complaint accuses Exxon Mobil of anti-gay bias," David Crary, May 22, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us - Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Pasadena Office

128 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 204
Pasadena, CA 91103

Toll Free: 866-457-2590
Phone: 626-381-9261
Fax: 626-577-7079
Pasadena Law Office Map

Downtown Los Angeles Office (Legal Fund)
250 1st Street, Suite 1201
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 213-785-6999
Los Angeles Law Office Map