Bold Step- Finally Insurance and health cover for LGBTQ people
The LaLit Suri Hospitality group, which operates 13 hotels in India and abroad, has introduced a mediclaim policy that will cover employees who are same sex couples, children born through surrogacy and single parents.
This is likely to impact over 3000 employees. The hospitality group has tied up with ICICI Lombard for the group mediclaim policy which will provide insurance and health cover for LGBTQ people who have been excluded so far.
LaLit group executive director Keshav Suri, who has been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights and is also a petitioner in the case against section 377 in the Supreme court said, “Every human being deserves to be treated equally, irrespective of their sexual orientation, caste or colour. Health is the most basic necessity for all humans, and as a leader I felt it was necessary to insure a healthy future for all our employees.”
In March this year the Royal Bank of Scotland took a step towards creating an inclusive workplace by extending medical hospitalisation benefits to same-sex partners of its employees. L’Oreal India too offers benefits such as adoption leave or maternity/paternity leave irrespective of the gender of its employees or their partners.