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 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 a prominent Washington law firm, Cohen Milstein, to file a discrimination complaint against the oil giant who has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing.