Starbucks announced they will cover travel expenses for US employees seeking abortions and gender-confirmation procedures.
This will be available to employees who do not have access within 100 miles from their home.
Why has Starbucks made this decision?
Starbucks has announced that they will cover travel expenses for US employees seeking an abortion or gender-confirmation procedures. Any Starbucks employees who needs it and doesn’t have access within 100 miles of their home is eligible. Find additional details here.
This decision was made after the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court arguing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade established a constitution right to abortion in 1973.
Sara Kelly is acting as Starbucks executive vice president. She made the statement that: “regardless of where you live or what you believe, partners enrolled in Starbucks healthcare will now be offered reimbursement for eligible travel expenses when accessing abortion or gender-affirming procedures when those services are not available within 100 miles of a partner’s home.”
Kelly followed up by saying that regardless of the Supreme Court decision, they want to ensure access to quality healthcare.
On the Starbuck’s health care plan, dependents of employees will also have access to these services. However, Starbucks isn’t allowed to offer this set of services at unionized stores because their contracts are negotiated.
The coffee chain currently has about 240,000 employees in the US.
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