Companies in India reflect the larger sentiment by not being ‘LGBT-friendly’. LGBT employees face a myriad of problems at their workplace associated with their identity. A business and financial software company based in Bangalore, India will extend health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.
According to a new pride and diversity program, employees at Intuit India will be able to enroll same-sex partners as dependents under the company’s medical insurance scheme.
Intuit is also one of the first major companies in India to introduce gender-neutral toilets.
Managing Director Sanket Atal told the Economic Times every employee ‘should be able to bring their whole self to work’.
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Under the new benefit, employees at Intuit India will now be able to enroll their same-sex partners as dependents under group medical insurance. In addition, this inclusion will also be applicable to other health-related benefits like OPD, dental and vision reimbursement.
“At Intuit our mission to power prosperity around the world is fueled by our values and supports our belief that every employee should be able to bring their whole self to work. Diversity isn’t something we do — it’s who we are, and we are continuously striving to create a workforce that reflects the demographics of those we serve,” Sanket Atal, managing director, Intuit India Development Centre, told ET.
The company also reimburses up to Rs. 75,000 under sex realignment surgery as a part of the group medical insurance.
The firm has also partnered with InnerSight. It is a leading counselling and wellness practice training center to provide counselling services to its employees in India. Those who either identify themselves with the LGBT community. And those who need some counselling help because their loved ones are from the LGBT community.
Intuit India is a subsidiary of Intuit, and is the company’s first venture in the Asia Pacific; it commenced operations in 2005 and currently has more than 1,000 employees.
Source – lgbt.10ztalk.com, indiatimes.com, lgbtlife.co.uk, flipboard.com