Google Promotes Gay Rights in the Workplace

Google recently decided to expand employee benefits for its gay and lesbian workers. This benefit, extra pay that will be retroactive from the beginning of the year, covers a tax that these workers must pay to allow their partners to receive health benefits and is only applicable to workers in the United States. Married couples are exempt from paying this additional tax, which views employer-provided health insurance as taxable income and is determined by the cost of the employer's portion of benefits paid.

This tax that was previously paid by GLBT workers will now be covered by Google and will save gay and lesbian employees an average of $1,069 annually, according to a report by the Williams Institute.

This move is monumental in a number of ways, the main being that it sets a precedent for other companies to follow, with similar policies that decrease the benefits gap between straight and gay workers and promote equal rights for all employees.

Mikey Rox, a NYC-based entrepreneur and gay rights advocate, said, "Google is one of the most well-known companies in the world, and since its inception it has led the charge in treating employees with dignity and respect. It's no surprise that the search-engine juggernaut would lend a compassionate hand to LGBT members of its work force who have been discriminated against. With this decision, Google threw down the gauntlet, created a precedent, and solidified its standing as a truly modern, diverse and socially aware organization. Other businesses would be wise to follow suit. If they don't, essentially they're telling their LGBT employees that they don't care about them as much as they do their straight employees. Frankly, nobody should put up with that."

In addition to the domestic partner health insurance benefit, Google is also extending its family leave policy to domestic partners, which mandates in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act that employers provide employees with a medical condition or a sick relative up to a 12 week leave of absence during a one-year period.

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very well said, all thumbs up here.

July 14 2010 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I any of my children were ever that sick I would have them put in the best hospital, were all homos should be.

July 14 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

notignorant , after reading your latest post I see you are not only fruit but a child molestors biggest fan M.jackson

July 14 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree Tom. Catering to heterophobics is disgusting.

July 14 2010 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

reported......bye bye moron......

July 14 2010 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ed wallace

Tom you are an a$%

July 14 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are truly pathetic. I am positive that while you are in hell, you will not see any sign of Google or any other positive organizations. Hate will get you nowhere.

July 14 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@ TOM - Google will not be burning in hell, YOU will be for being so discriminatory and shallow. They year is 2010 and its because of people like you who prohibit equality for all. I hope you have a son as gay as Liberace and that he disowns you, as he should. Enjoy the heat down there.

July 14 2010 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

May you grow and prosper as you treat all as human beings.

July 14 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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