Reform Movement Welcomes ExxonMobil Decision Extending Spousal Benefits to All Married Employees
Rachel Laser: “We commend ExxonMobil for joining the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies that already extend benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex marriages.”
ExxonMobil Corp recently announced that it will extend benefits to the spouses of its same-sex married employees, a reversal of its shareholders’ vote in June that opposed updating the company’s non-discrimination policy to include protection for LGBT workers. In response to ExxonMobil’s decision, Rachel Laser, the Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:
“We commend ExxonMobil for joining the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies that already extend benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex marriages. As we stated publically in June when we expressed our disappointment with their earlier decision not to extend such benefits, policies of equality and inclusion help companies recruit and retain the best employees – regardless of how they identify or whom they love. For this reason, we also encourage ExxonMobil to include LGBT protections in their workplace non-discrimination policy.
At the same time, inspired by our knowledge that all people are created in the image of the Divine and worthy of dignity and respect, we continue to work toward the enactment of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The law will broadly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. It is past time for Congress to take decisive action to ensure that LGBT people are respected and treated equally, not just when it comes to spousal benefits, but in all aspects of the work environment.”