Exxon Mobil violated Illinois employment nondiscrimination laws by refusing to consider the application of a qualified individual whose resume indicated she was gay, according to a complaint filed by the group Freedom to Work. The group used fake resumes, a method also used in a 2011 Harvard University study that found LGBT applicants were 40% less likely to be interviewed for open positions than their straight competitors. Advocates have urged the company to adopt an LGBT-specific nondiscrimination policy, but company officials said Exxon's broader policy covered "all forms of discrimination."

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