AP: Even With Ruling, Workplace Still Unequal for LGBTQIA+ Workers

“Even with this week’s Supreme Court ruling, the workplace will be far from equal for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans,” says a story from the Associated Press about the landmark ruling issued June 15.

“While the nation’s highest court says you can’t be fired for your sexual orientation or gender identity under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there are still gaps. For instance, the federal law doesn’t protect those who work at businesses with fewer than 15 workers. It doesn’t address bathrooms for transgender people. And it’s still an open question whether employers can fire an LGBTQIA+ person for religious reasons.”

Three also are gaps in employee benefits, including coverage for fertility care and treatment.

“Same-sex couples sometimes are shut out of benefits such as access to fertility treatments, which are in some states only offered to couples that are not the same gender, the article says.

Fortunately, New Jersey is one of only 16 states in the U.S. that have laws requiring health insurance companies to provide coverage for infertility treatment. The insurance mandate states that any insurance provider who provides pregnancy-related benefits must also cover infertility treatment and IVF costs. The law also requires health plans contracting to cover state employees and teachers to include the same infertility coverage.

You can read more about New Jersey’s coverage mandate on our web site. If you have any questions, please call us for a free phone consultation.

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