Thursday, March 18, 2010

Turn up the Heat on Laclede Gas

FULL EQUALITY NOW - stop the sexual orientation and gender discrimination policy at St. Louis based Laclede Group.

"The Laclede Group, whose primary subsidiary is Laclede Gas, has earned the dubious distinction of finishing tied with Exxon Mobil Corp. as the worst place in the nation to work if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered." - By Ellis E. Conklin in News, Now See Here Riverfront Times 2/9/2010

Laclede Gas has one of the poorest records in regards to LGBTQ discrimination, according to the Human Rights Campaign. If you are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender working at Laclede Gas you have ZERO protections from being harassed, abused and/or fired.

"Every LGBTQ Laclede Gas employee wears a hidden target on their backs... and because they're a privatized utility company folks can't take their business elsewhere," says Ed Reggi founder of Show Me No Hate.

"The Laclede Group, the St. Louis energy company, tied for worst in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Laclede does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender, does not provide partner health benefits, and provides no diversity training that includes sexual orientation." - Huffington Post "The Worst Companies For LGBT Workers: HRC's 2010 Ranking" - Huffington Post 2/9/2010

Link to HRC's 2010 Ranking:

"Criteria considered includes whether discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited and whether same-sex partners are eligible for health insurance benefits. Also taken into consideration were diversity training programs, internal LGBT resource groups and company marketing campaigns." - David L Wylie, "Ten Worst Companies for Gay Workers" --

On Thursday March 25th, 7:00 am, join Show Me No Hate and the People's Settlement -- in front of the Laclede Gas Building, 720 Olive downtown St. Louis. We will tell Laclede (Gas) Group how much we think of their discriminatory LGBTQ policy. As one of Missouri's energy utilities -- we demand full equality NOW to their employees.

Please bring a friend, colleague, neighbor and your children to our amazing TURN UP THE HEAT rally against Laclede (Gas) Group.