Laclede Gas Changes Non-Discrimination Policy to Include Sexual Orientation

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Two months after the Human Rights Campaign ranked Laclede Gas as one of the the worst corporations to work for if you're gay, lesbian or transgendered, the St. Louis company has had a change of policy.

As the Missouri gay-rights group Show Me No H8 reported Saturday, Laclede Gas has a new non-discrimination policy on its website that includes sexual orientation. The new policy comes days after Show Me No H8 and other groups held a March 26 protest outside the downtown St. Louis headquarters of Laclede Gas.

Laclede Gas spokesman Robert Arrol tells Daily RFT that his company now looks forward to HRC to conduct a new survey.
 
"We recently added the non-discrimination language to our website to more explicitly reflect the fact that we do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, among other criteria, and to make this information more readily available to current and prospective employees," says Arrol. "In addition, it's important to note that our employee training curriculum prohibits discrimination of any sort and includes diversity training that focuses on sensitivity to race, religion, gender, harassment and sexual orientation."

Following is Laclede Gas' new policy on non-discrimination via the company website:
At Laclede Gas, public service is our daily business. That's why our people are so important to us. We believe in offering our customers the best service, the best people.

Laclede offers great working conditions - competitive pay, above-average benefits, a stable environment, and room for growth. We encourage and reward employee productivity and creativity. As a result, our employees have the opportunity to reach their fullest personal and professional growth.

Laclede is only interested in hiring the best. If you are a conscientious team player, who is willing to learn and enjoys challenges, then we want to talk to you.

Laclede Gas Company (Laclede) is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment in all employment decisions. Laclede pledges itself to the following policy for all personnel and applicants for employment:

Laclede will hire, place, upgrade, transfer, promote, recruit, solicit for employment, treat during employment, pay and otherwise compensate, select for training and development and lay off or dismiss without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or information protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA"), or other protected status, in accordance with Federal, State, and local laws.

And the company's previous policy as seen through the Internet archive Wayback Machine:

At Laclede Gas, public service is our daily business. That's why our people are so important to us. We believe in offering our customers the best service, the best people.

Laclede offers great working conditions - competitive pay, above-average benefits, a stable environment, and room for growth. We encourage and reward employee productivity and creativity. As a result, our employees have the opportunity to reach their fullest personal and professional growth.

Laclede is only interested in hiring the best. If you are a conscientious team player, who is willing to learn and enjoys challenges, then we want to talk to you.

Laclede Gas Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Hat tip: St. Louis Activist Hub


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