EEOC Guidance Poses Risks for Employers That Limit Spousal Health Coverage to Opposite-Sex Spouses

via Lockton Benefit Group

In a ruling long anticipated and following closely on the heels of last month‟s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex includes an implied prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. For employer-sponsored health plans, the ruling means employers who refuse to offer coverage to same-sex spouses, while offering coverage to opposite-sex spouses, now have an enhanced risk of challenges from gay and lesbian employees, and the EEOC.

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