Zions pledges to amend policy to protect gays
Zions Bancorp’s board is pledging to prohibit discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Several weeks ago, the board was opposing a measure to amend its anti-discrimination policy.
"Initially the board felt that since Zions already had a zero-tolerance policy in place prohibiting any kind of discrimination, the additional language wasn’t necessary," said spokesman Rob Brough.
But the board has since become concerned that its stand might send the wrong message and somehow imply that the company was unwilling to fully protect certain employees, Brough said.
The board is now planning to amend the Salt Lake City company’s equal employment opportunity policy to explicitly prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
In early April, investors represented by the New York City comptroller said Zions Bancorp wasn’t doing enough to protect those employees.
The group included several pension funds that own about 918,000 shares of Zions common stock - roughly 0.6 percent of its outstanding shares.