Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) Accepts Same-Sex Marriages of Employees And Grants Health Benefits

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) has come out with revelations about myriad of health benefits for same-sex relationships to duly assist employees.

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Delta Breaks The Ice

It has been revealed on immediate basis that employees who have partners focused towards same-sex relationships may be exempted from burdens emerging out of state income taxes, federal or payroll taxes, which are associated with the healthcare coverage plan under Delta.

Retroactive from the first day of this year, the company would be paying taxes liable for employees who have same-sex partners. Thus, the company has removed the discrepancy that was evident between the coverage for legally recognized partners and same-sex partners, regardless of the location of the employees or the partners in the US.

Delta Acts Before US Supreme Court Decision

Delta has only followed suit to those companies in the US that have started recognizing these same-sex marriages over the last couple of years. The US Supreme Court is slated to be aiding ears to myriad of oral arguments that would incidentally decide on the bans implemented on the same-sex marriages legally in the US parlance. A ruling on this regard is due till June-end.

Delta Focuses On Equality For All

Though the issue is legally unsettled, Delta management has accepted same sex marriages pertaining to coverage and such other legal purviews. This is rooted down to the attributes and commitments of inclusion, respect and diversity. The Executive VP and Chief HR Officer at Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), Joanne Smith added that providing equality is critically important and the current premise behind taking such decisions is to ensure that Delta remains a great place and a platform to work. This carries forward the word about Delta’s commitment towards inculcating the culture of inclusion and supporting each of its employees and their families, whether they have same-sex partners or not.

Over the years and across myriad of locations around the world, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) has carried out many social activities, supported for a better cause, raised money for several HIV/AIDS campaigns and supported the LGBT communities. The latest decision adds a feather of ‘equality’ to Delta’s cap.

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