Several large companies cover travel costs for employees who need access to abortion

This follows the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — First Coast News contacted these companies offering thousands of dollars in financial assistance to their employees who need abortions in another state.

A statement from Starbucks reads, “We have provided partners enrolled in the Starbucks Health Care Plan with a medical travel reimbursement benefit to access an abortion.”

A statement from Netflix reads: “Netflix provides travel reimbursement coverage for full-time U.S. employees and their dependents who must travel for cancer treatment, transplants, gender-affirming care, or abortion. through our US health plans.”

Dicks Sporting Goods posted a press release on their Instagram page that reads, “We are announcing that if the state you live in restricts access to abortion, Dick’s Sporting Goods will provide up to $4,000 in reimbursement for travel costs to get to the nearest location. where such care is legally available.

“Employers are required under the Americans with Disability Act to maintain the confidentiality of medical records and other employees, so there is that protection,” attorney Tad Delegal said.

Delegal says companies that cover travel costs for employees who need abortion access will go through the process like any other medical matter.

“So an employee seeking a service related to abortion or another health issue can contact an employer. There should be a designated person to contact generally in the human resources department,” Delegal said.

Delegal says that while it’s too early to tell, he says some states might try to block companies from financially assisting their employees with out-of-state abortions.

“I also think that’s really important for women looking for those kinds of benefits. There is protection, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act prevents an employer from retaliating against an employee for a pregnancy-related condition and abortion would be considered a pregnancy-related condition,” Delegal said.