Post-Roe, women discover how their employer influences access to abortion

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“In low-wage sectors, this is going to become one of the problems where people are leaving low-paying jobs for slightly better-paying jobs,” said Bianca Agustin, director of corporate responsibility at United for Respect, a nonprofit workers’ advocacy group. “Given the proliferation of companies making public commitments, I expect there will be some movement in this regard.”

Walmart, Darden Restaurants, McDonald’s, Home Depot, Hilton, Dollar General and FedEx, which collectively employ millions of people across the country, have not said whether they will cover travel expenses for out-of-state abortions. A spokeswoman for Walmart, which employs 1.7 million U.S. workers, said the company regularly reviews its benefits based on employee demand, and the company now “considers the evolving federal and state landscape” when reviewing its offerings reconsider The rest of the companies listed did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

“We are working thoughtfully and diligently to find the best way forward, guided by our desire to support our employees, all of our employees,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon wrote in a memo to employees on Friday.

Amazon, the country’s second-largest private employer after Walmart, said it would undertake out-of-state abortion trips for its employees, most of whom are hourly workers. However, this benefit applies to the health plan employees, not the contractors who make up a significant portion of the workforce, such as B. the huge network of delivery drivers.

As the list of companies covering abortion-related travel grows, some workers are wondering why their employers aren’t doing the same. Isabela Burrows, 19, who works at PetSmart in Howell, Michigan, learned that Roe v. Wade had been brought down by a client last week and was frustrated that her company hadn’t said anything. Michigan has an abortion ban that has been blocked in court and that Democratic leaders have said they will not enforce.

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