After the Supreme Court lifted the ban on homosexuality on Thursday, corporates across India are now planning to offer various benefits to employees who belong to the LGBTQ community, The Times of India reported.
The report said that organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Deutsche Bank are already offering medical hospitalisation benefits to same-sex partners. Global IT firm Accenture had first introduced medical cover for sexual orientation surgery two years ago, it added.
However, there have been doubts if the ruling can be used to extend spousal benefits to same-sex partners. “This will require further legal examination and have a direct impact on aspects like insurance, banking accounts and employer benefits such as insurance and pension,” Willis Towers Watson India’s director (rewards) Arvind Usretay was quoted by TOI.
The main critical challenge that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees face is the unconscious biases at work. The community requires equal and fair treatment irrespective of the gender, safety and security more than the benefits provided by the organisations.
First Published: IST