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ExxonMobil Announces new Anti-Discrimination Protections for LGBT Employees

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ExxonMobil has long been criticized for its failure to guarantee work protections for members of the lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender community. Recently, the company surprised critics by finally deciding to add workplace protections for these employees to its policies.

According to the company, it has now added both gender identity and sexual orientation to the company's workplace policies. The company says that it continues to support an inclusive work environment, and places a high value on diversity. It also plans to continue to implement workplace programs that help make it a diverse place to work for all.

However, critics are not impressed. There are skeptics who are voicing their concerns about the reasons why the company has decided to add these work protections for LGBT employees now. For example, leading lesbian and gay advocacy groups have been very skeptical about the news, saying that these protections have simply been added by the company to fall in line with the 2014 Executive Order passed by President Barack Obama, which prohibited federal contractors from engaging in any kind of discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

Skeptics deduce that there has not been any drastic change in the company's attitude towards employees who belong to the LGBT community. In other words, the company is at serious risk of losing some of its federal contracts, and decided to act quickly to comply with order. Whatever the reason for ExxonMobil's change of policy, it's good news for current and future LGBT employees.

If you believe that you have suffered discrimination in the workplace, you may be eligible to file a civil claim against your employer. Speak to a California employment lawyer about your legal options.

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