Wal-Mart has recently extended health insurance coverage for its transgender employees, according to a Bloomberg News story posted Monday.
“At Wal-Mart, respect for the individual is one of the core beliefs that are the foundation of our company,” spokesman Kevin Gardner said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg. “We are committed to fostering an inclusive work environment for our more than 2 million associates around the globe.
The biggest retailer in the world and the largest private employer in the U.S. has been making a number of strides to come out as a voice and leader for the LGBTQ community.
Wal-Mart also joined the fight with Salesforce, Starbucks and Apple last spring to speak out against HB 1228, a “religious freedom” law in its home state of Arkansas, that would have allowed companies to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals for employment and housing based on religious beliefs.
The retail giant isn’t the first to add full healthcare benefits to its transgender employees. Kroger added full benefits for its transgender employees in October of 2015 which now includes surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment up to $100,000. General Motors, Apple and Gap also offer trans-inclusive plans.
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