Written By: Jennifer Savin 23/9/15
Major companies in America, including Facebook (here’s what their offices are reallylike, BTW) and Netflix (the modern gateway to any good romance/screwfest), are stepping up their employee health benefits to include gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapies.
The movement comes at a time when companies are eager to promote an inclusive working environment, following the appointment of Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman, as the White House’s Outreach and Recruitment Director. Which all sounds pretty cool to us.
But not everybody is on board with the idea. Professor James Baron from Yale University warns these new perks could be a way for businesses to look as though they promote diversity, while knowing very few employees will actually need to use these services, or employing any more transgender staff members.
And research from the University of California found that only one in every 10,000 – 20,000 workers would actually take advantage of these procedures.
“It becomes a bit of a rat race as to who can out-commit whom with diversity initiatives,” says Professor James. “Committing to this form of equality allows a company to put another arrow in its quiver, without terribly profound cost implications.”
Although this is a pretty inexpensive way for employers to show they’re pro-trans, we’re still hoping it’s a positive step in the right direction – and that they’ll soon start putting their money where their mouth by making other changes too, to really prove their commitment to LGBTQIA equality.
Fingers crossed other big names (and small names) start following suit ASAP – for all the right reasons.