AT&T posts $3 billion in profit, but can't grant 12 weeks of UNPAID leave to gay employees

Posted on 29 Jan 2010 at 11:17am
Bryan Dickenson and Bill Sugg
Bryan Dickenson and Bill Sugg

As you may already have heard if you have a Facebook account, gay Dallas attorney Rob Wiley is organizing a rally outside the AT&T store on Oak Lawn Avenue on Saturday to draw attention to the plight of his clients, Bryan Dickenson and Bill Sugg. Dickenson, who’s worked for AT&T for the last 12 years, is being denied the same benefits that would be granted to a married heterosexual employee under the Family Medical Leave Act. This is despite AT&T’s 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. It’s also despite the fact that the company added 2.7 million wireless customers and posted a profit of $3.02 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009. Wiley has enlisted the help of Equality March Texas, the direct action group that put together this week’s Holocaust memorial. The rally will be from noon to 2 p.m., at 3311 Oak Lawn Ave. in Dallas. From the Facebook event page:

This is a peaceful gathering. You may bring signs, but we ask that the signs be positive (like “our families count too”) as opposed to negative signs (like “AT&T go to hell”). This is a call for change, and we believe positive signs are more likely to get Bryan his leave than negative signs.

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