Of the 17 Fortune 500 companies with no gay protections, 3 based in Dallas

Posted on 31 Aug 2012 at 1:50pm

The Equality Forum has come out with its list of Fortune 500 companies that include sexual orientation in their workplace nondiscrimination policies.

This year, 96.6 percent of the Fortune 500 companies do so, according to the Equality Forum.

Here’s the bad news. Of the 17 companies that don’t include sexual orientation, three are based in the Dallas area — ExxonMobil, Holly Frontier and Energy Transfer Supply — and four others have Dallas connections.

Exxon is based in Irving. Holly Frontier is on Harwood Street in Downtown Dallas and Energy Transfer Equity is at 3738 Oak Lawn Ave.

Other companies with North Texas ties that don’t include sexual orientation:

• Rock-Tenn, based in Georgia, has a consumer packaging plant on Clarendon Avenue in Oak Cliff.

• Dish Network is a major provider of television service in North Texas. If you have Dish, maybe you should think about switching to DirecTV, which does include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy.

• Targa Resources is Houston-based and has a facility in Denton.

• O’Reilly Automotive is based in Missouri but has stores all over Dallas (including on Lemmon Avenue in Oak Lawn.) Try Auto Zone, which does include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy.

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