The amendment was spurred by the Phillips Petroleum merger with Conoco on August 30, 2002. During the merger, it was discovered that Phillips’ non-discrimination policy did not cover sexual orientation as Conoco’s had, according to a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) news media release.
The HRC said 307 of the Fortune 500 companies have non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation. ConocoPhillips now joins the other oil companies with sexual orientation non-discrimination policies including:
- Amerada Hess
- Shell Oil Co
- ChevronTexaco Corp
- Marathon Oil Corp
- Occidental Petroleum
- Sunoco Inc
- Valero Energy Corp.
ConocoPhillips’ move leaves ExxonMobil Corp as the only US company ever to rescind a sexual orientation non-discrimination policy, the HRC said. ExxonMobil pulled back Mobil’s non-discrimination policy in December 1999 when Exxon and Mobil merged. At the same time, it closed Mobil’s domestic partner benefits program to any more employees.
The HRC is a national lesbian and gay political organization. The political action committee lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender American social issues.