Monday, July 6, 2015

How Your Domestic Partner Benefits Can Now Get You Sued

This is the first law firm I've seen making the point we've made for over a year now.  Domestic partner benefits can expose a company to discrimination claims now that all persons can get married.
... Now that same gender marriage will be legal throughout the country, this reason for allowing domestic partner coverage is no longer present.

Further, particularly following the Obergefell ruling, to only offer domestic partner coverage to individuals of the same gender as opposed to all domestic partners (whether of the same or opposite gender) may trigger employment discrimination claims. In other words, employees with opposite gender domestic partners may take the position that they are being discriminated against. ...
Source: Miller Johnson.