Yale and Columbia to compensate gay employees


The Internal Revenue Service taxes gays and lesbians who are married or in domestic partnerships more than heterosexual married couples.  Yale and Columbia University join a growing list of employers including Apple, Google, Facebook and Goldman Sachs, who compensate gay and lesbian partners for this inequity. These companies reimburse gay and lesbian employees $1,000-$1,500 a year to partially cover extra fees when their partners are covered by their health insurance.

Heterosexual couples are considered one economic unit by the Internal Revenue Service. Domestic partners and same-sex spouses have to pay tax separately.

“To spend money to make up for the inequities for our government and our governmental policies is a very significant thing,” said Ross Levi, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. “Companies shouldn’t have to be making up for the ways that government is failing its LGBT people and our families,” he told the New York Times.

Same-sex marriage has been legalized in Connecticut and New York, where Yale and Columbia are located. Domestic partners are not covered, since in those states gay couples have the choice to marry. At Yale, the coverage also only extends to employees whose spouses are not eligible for coverage elsewhere.

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