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Risking Their Careers in the Name of Equality

Submitted by: Procter & Gamble

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 – 12:38 PM EST

 

Jun. 21 /CSRwire/ - In the early 1990s, a group of gay and lesbian employees at P&G in Cincinnati banded together to fight for equality in their workplace. It seemed like an impossible dream—while P&G was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to add “sexual orientation” to its EEO (equal employment opportunity) statement in 1992, the company’s leadership was conservative and fellow employees were openly homophobic. And, in 1993, Cincinnati passed Article XII, an amendment that prevented any laws aimed at protecting gays and lesbians. It was a hostile environment and a difficult time for employees to openly be themselves. Still, the group, which called itself GABLE, persisted.

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