Coca-Cola's decision preceded a June 25 call by GEP for nine other Georgia companies with self-insured health-care plans -- Delta Airlines, BellSouth, Gulf Stream Aerospace, Wachovia, Georgia Pacific, Home Depot, Shaw Industries, United Parcel Service and Atlanta Gas Light -- to offer domestic partner benefits to their employees.
"We fully intend to have these companies provide domestic partner benefits, and soon," says Knox. "Their past decisions not to offer these benefits do not even make competitive sense because their competitors offer them while they do not."
Knox points to polls showing public support for such benefits as another factor companies should consider.
"With two-thirds of Georgians saying that gay employees should not be subject to job discrimination, the problem is not customer or shareholder perceptions," he says. "The problem starts at the top of these nine companies."
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