Two nearly identical resumes were recently submitted to Exxon Mobile's HR hub located in the state of Texas to “test” the companies purportedly non-discriminatory hiring policies. The gay rights group known as Freedom to Work submitted these two fictional resumes, with only slight differences between the two: one applicant's resume clearly demonstrated that she was a gay rights activist, and the other was not. Additionally, the gay applicant had slightly better high school and college grades than the non-gay or control applicant.
In response, Exxon allegedly reach out to the control applicant multiple times and completely ignored the gay applicant. Freedom to Work has hired prominent Washington law firm Cohen Milstein to file a discrimination complaint against the oil giant who has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing.