Walmart Will Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Domestic Partners In 2014
Towleroad has obtained an internal memo that reveals Walmart's plans to provide benefits to the partners of its LGBT employees beginning in 2014.
Walmart plans to include domestic partners in its 2014 benefit plans in the U.S. and Puerto Rico starting on January 1, 2014 and will offer benefits to an associate's same- or opposite-sex spouse or to an unmarried partner, whether of the same or opposite gender.
Walmart has 1.3 million U.S. employees and is the largest employer outside the Department of Defense.
The news was given to employee members of the PRIDE associate resource group, which numbers close to 750, yesterday.
"We operate in 50 states, hundreds of municipalities, and Puerto Rico, and as clarified under the Supreme Court's decision regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) each of these states are developing different definitions of marriage, domestic partner, civil union, etc.," reads part of the memo. "By developing a single definition for all Walmart associates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico we are able to ensure consistency for associates in various markets."