ExxonMobil eEmployees are criticizing their company for banning workers from flying the gay pride flag outside their offices in June, which is Pride Month.
The company’s Pride employee resource group disagreed with the decision to remove the pride flag from authorized paraphernalia in the new company-wide guidelines, Houston-based employees stating that they would not support the company for the city’s pride celebration, according to an email seen by Bloomberg.
“Flying a pride flag is a small way for many companies to visibly show their care, inclusion and support for LGBTQ+ employees,” the employee group said, adding that it’s “impactful,” saying. especially for employees who have not yet left or who are. not comfortable attending Pride events.
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The previous year, “corporate leaders objected to a rainbow flag being flown over our facilities,” the group wrote in its email. “PRIDE was advised that the rationale centered on the company’s need to maintain its neutrality.”
“It’s hard to reconcile how ExxonMobil recognizes the value of promoting our company as supporting the LGBTQ+ community externally (e.g. ads, pride parades, social media posts) but now believes it is inappropriate to visibly show support for our LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace,” the group wrote.
ExxonMobil’s updated guidelines also prohibit the display of the Black Lives Matter flag, according to the outlet.
The new guidelines are not intended to undermine ExxonMobil’s “commitment to diversity,” the company said.
“The updated flag protocol is intended to clarify use of the ExxonMobil-branded corporate flag and not diminish our commitment to diversity and support for employee resource groups,” said Tracey Gunnlaugsson, vice president. – president of human resources, in a press release, according to the release.
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Advocacy groups have been especially keen to display pro-LGBT paraphernalia ever since Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill, commonly referred to as the ” Don’t Say Gay” by opponents despite these words not appearing in the text, in the law.
The Washington Examiner contacted ExxonMobil for a statement but did not receive a response.