Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-02-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Class settlement proposed on health benefits for Walmart same-sex spouses
From a press release
2016-12-01

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2016 — Former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers filed a motion today asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to grant preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Cote's action that challenged Walmart's lack of health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses of Walmart associates prior to 2014.

The case is known as Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 15-cv-12945-WGY ( D. Mass. ).

The $7.5 million proposed settlement would pay for claims by Walmart associates in the United States and Puerto Rico that they were unable to obtain health insurance coverage for their same-sex spouses from Walmart from Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2013, as well as the costs of administering the settlement and legal fees and expenses. In 2014, Walmart voluntarily made the same health insurance benefits available to same-sex spouses of its associates that it offered to opposite-sex spouses. As part of the proposed settlement, Walmart commits to continuing to do so in the future.

The proposed settlement class is expected to include no more than a few thousand current and former Walmart associates. Walmart employs nearly 1.5 million associates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Sally Welborn, Senior Vice President, Global Benefits for Walmart, said, "We're happy both sides could come together to reach a resolution. Respect for the individual, diversity and inclusion are among the core values that made Walmart into the company that it is today. We will continue to not distinguish between same and opposite sex spouses when it comes to the benefits we offer under our health insurance plan."

Cote said, "I'm pleased that Walmart was willing to resolve this issue for me and other associates who are married to someone of the same sex. It's a relief to bring this chapter of my life to a close."

Cote is represented by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ), Outten & Golden LLP, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs ( WLC ), and Arnold & Porter LLP.

Janson Wu, GLAD's Executive Director, said, "This is an important settlement for LGBTQ workers."

Juno Turner, a Partner at Outten & Golden LLP, said, "We are pleased that class members will have the opportunity to receive compensation."

Peter Romer-Friedman, a Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP, said, "We are glad that as part of the settlement Walmart will continue to provide the same health insurance benefits regardless of the gender of the associate's spouse."

Jonathan Smith, the WLC's Executive Director, said, "We believe the proposed settlement is fair and reasonable and are pleased we could announce it today. We are pleased to have worked with our colleagues at GLAD, Outten & Golden, and Arnold & Porter to achieve this settlement."


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

ACLU & Lambda Legal oppose latest HB2 repeal proposal 2017-02-23 - RALEIGH — The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, groups that are representing LGBT North Carolinians in a federal lawsuit challenging House ...


Gay News

Trump removes Title IX transgender protection, nat'l, local groups respond 2017-02-23 - The Trump administration drew first blood in what many believe is a systematic erosion of LGBTQ civil rights during the evening hours of ...


Gay News

Title IX guidance for transgender students revoked, groups and leaders respond 2017-02-22 - From Lambda Legal: Even for a bully like Trump, attacking children is a new low. Administration withdraws guidance for schools on what the ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal appeals Niles senior-housing suit 2017-02-22 - Lambda Legal, on Feb. 15, filed a Notice of Appeal in a lawsuit by a lesbian who said that she was harassed when ...


Gay News

World news: French elections, Church of England, Bollywood actor 2017-02-21 - Far-right French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has quietly pledged to close off same-sex marriage, according to PinkNews. Front National leader Marine Le ...


Gay News

National roundup: LGBT DREAMers, David Furnish, death of Ohio trans woman 2017-02-21 - The Williams Institute estimates that there are more than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the United States, and more than 36,000 have participated in ...


Gay News

CHIRLA calls for response to Trump administration mass deportation dragnet 2017-02-21 - Los Angeles, CA — The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights ( CHIRLA ), a California-based immigrant rights member-based organization, labeled the newly-announced immigration ...


Gay News

Virginia legislature sends anti-LGBTQ bill to governor 2017-02-20 - RICHMOND — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality Virginia blasted the Virginia House of Representative's final vote of 54 ...


Gay News

CTA denies immigration component to Lake View security checks 2017-02-18 - Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ), on Feb. 15, denied online rumors that CTA security checkpoints, some of which have taken place in ...


Gay News

NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids 2017-02-17 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed comments from the National Basketball Association, warning Texas lawmakers that any legislative ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.