Discrimination in the workplace may rear its head in many ways, including some that people may not automatically think about such as employee benefits.
As so many Americans depend on their employers for health care insurance coverage, it is time for people to stop and pay attention to the terms of those health care policies in light of equality for all employees.
Gender-based discrimination in health care coverage
The Society for Human Resources Management indicates that a gay or lesbian employee may experience discrimination when a health care insurance policy fails to offer or limits family planning benefits that would otherwise be available to a heterosexual plan member. Some plans do not offer any coverage for gender dysphoria, gender affirmation surgeries and other related needs of some LGBTQ plan members.
Supreme Court ruling followed by administration action
In the summer of 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity were included until the provisions set forth in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Unfortunately, the federal administration rolled back some provisions that delivered some level of health care equality to LGBTQ people shortly after the ruling.
As explained by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the government’s actions opened the door for increased discrimination in health care against people based on their sexual identity or orientation. In 2016, the Affordable Care Act banned such things as structured health care plans that failed to provide equal coverage to HIV or LGTBQ patients. This is just one of the provisions relating to health care that was reversed by the current presidential administration.