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Starbucks will pay expenses for employees forced to travel for abortion or gender affirmation treatment

Starbucks has announced that it will pay travel expenses for employees in the United States if they are forced to leave the state to receive abortion or gender confirmation treatments.

According to Seattle Timesthe company made the announcement on Monday, saying employees are eligible if services are not available within 100 miles of a worker’s home.

The travel allowance would also be available to dependents of employees who use Starbucks’ health care plan.

The company’s official stance supports women’s right to choose abortion, even in the face of the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.

“Regardless of what the Supreme Court ultimately decides, we will always ensure that our partners have access to quality health care,” wrote Sara Kelly, acting executive vice president of partner resources at Starbucks, in a statement. letter to employees.

Although most companies have remained silent regarding the revelation that the Supreme Court likely intends to overturn Roe v Wade, some have adopted initiatives similar to Starbucks.

Amazon said it would cover up to $4,000 in travel and hotel costs for employees forced to travel for non-life-threatening medical treatment, including abortion and gender confirmation procedures. .

The company has offered this benefit since the start of the year and, like Starbucks, applies if an employee is more than 100 miles from the nearest facility offering the treatments.

Tesla is also offering to pay for its employees to travel out of state for abortions.

The move will likely buy the coffee giant some good faith with customers after several weeks of critical coverage due to the company’s attempts to thwart an effort to unionize its workers. It is unclear whether the travel offer will be extended to unionized stores.

Starbucks announced it would pay non-union store workers more and provide better benefits, further upsetting union organizers and members of the public. Company CEO Howard Schultz said he couldn’t legally offer benefits to unionized workers because they had to negotiate their own contract.

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