ExxonMobil has earned the wrath of many for reaping record profits while gasoline prices run so high. Now the oil giant is facing a boycott—not from angry motorists but from gay rights groups.
Those groups are angry that Exxon- Mobil won’t adopt an employment policy that prohibits discrimination against gay and lesbian employees. To pressure the change, a coalition of 19 gay rights groups have directed letters and phone calls at the company and created a guide to buying gas from gay-friendly companies.
The activists aren’t claiming that the company discriminates against gay employees, just that it refuses to put an anti-discrimination policy in writing.
Final note: If the efforts pay off, expect activists to step up such efforts against other employers. Even small employers may find themselves targeted by local activist groups.