Nothing less than a level playing field in which everyone is judged by equal criteria will do.
New York, New York (PRWEB) June 03, 2013
A lawsuit filed by the advocacy group Freedom to Work claims that ExxonMobil discriminated against a prospective employee because that person was gay. The discrimination complaint was filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman praises the group for aggressively pursuing justice for discrimination victims.
“Members of the LGBT community deserve fairness and basic equality. Nothing less than a level playing field in which everyone is judged by equal criteria will do," said Perecman.
The basis of the lawsuit was a “paired resume” test that allegedly showed ExxonMobil actively discriminated in its hiring practices after they gave preference to a non-LGBT applicant who was less qualified than an LGBT applicant, reported USA Today (5.22.13).
The complaint says Freedom to Work submitted two nearly identical and fictitious resumes in response to a listing for an administrative position at Exxon. Both resumes showed the two applicants involved in activist organizations. The more qualified applicant was active with a LGBT organization and the one who was less qualified was aligned with a local feminist organization.
Exxon did not respond to the LGBT job applicant while it actively pursued the less qualified non-LGBT applicant, said the discrimination complaint.
“This tactic of submitting fictional, nearly identical applications has proven successful in the past. It has been used to uncover bias against African-Americans and women in other discrimination cases, including employment and fair-housing cases,” said Perecman.
The complaint is Freedom to Work v. Exxon Mobil Corporation. It was filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
“It's wrong to discriminate against someone for who they love. Kudos to Freedom to Work and all major U.S. corporations that have adopted nondiscrimination policies to protect gay, lesbian and transgender workers,” said Perecman.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation, including workplace discrimination, can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York including workplace discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."