Delta to Pay Healthcare Taxes for Gay Employees

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 April 2015
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DSC_4940Delta Air Lines announced that has begun paying for any healthcare-related taxes incurred by its employees in same-sex relationships stemming from participation in the airline’s benefits programs.

Retroactive to January 1, 2015, Delta employees who cover same-sex domestic partners under the airline’s healthcare plans are no longer responsible for any federal or state income or payroll taxes associated with the coverage.  The decision comes despite many states’ failure to recognize same-sex marriage.

“While this issue remains unsettled on a national level, Delta’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect is rooted deeply in the airline’s values and culture,” said Joanne Smith, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Delta.

Delta has also recently urged the United States Supreme Court to support marriage equality.

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