For DraftKings employees in Utah and other states that ban abortion, the $10,000 employee benefits package that covers medical expenses should bring some solace. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
DraftKings choose their side
As the dust settles after thousands of people throng the streets of American cities to protest the Roe v Wade coup, the Draft King has launched a compensation package for its American employees that the Supreme Court ruling may affect.
Benefits plan to include coverage of up to $10,000
Via a post on his site LinkedIn Sunday page, DraftKings said it is expanding its employee benefits plan to include coverage of up to $10,000 for US employees and dependents affected by the anti-abortion ruling. The expanded benefits coverage will see DraftKings reimbursed for its employees’ travel expenses and “all covered medical and behavioral services to which access is limited,” either through the unavailability of contracted providers or through legislative action introduced by some states.
Boston-based sports betting giant DFS said the package includes coverage for “abortion, sex confirmation, fertility, behaviors, or any other covered medical service.”
Business returns benefits
DraftKings joins other major US companies, including Disney and Meta, which have introduced new benefits policies in light of the Roe v Wade ruling. In a LinkedIn statement shared Sunday, DraftKings said it has also introduced an employee assistance program for employees who need someone to talk to:
Friday’s landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional guarantee of the right to abortion in force since 1973.
One of the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn the decision, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said in a concurring opinion that the decision “does not prohibit abortion throughout the United States.” Instead, every state now has the legal right to ban abortion if it chooses to do so. For example, Utah banned abortion on the same day the Supreme Court issued its ruling.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C., on Sunday to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Such as The New York Times I mentioned on Mondaythe ruling “unleashed a frenzy of activism on both sides of the anti-abortion campaign.”
At least it will give the employees a choice
The ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade is still only five days old, but the fallout for those living in states like Utah could continue indefinitely. DraftKings said its benefits would at least give employees a choice “in states that have already — or may in the future — prohibit abortion or other important health and medical services.”