Michael Greenberg says Skechers will pay $4,000 for legal abortion access – Footwear News
Skechers Chairman Michael Greenberg said Monday the company will expand its benefits program to include $4,000 in reimbursement for travel expenses so employees can receive medical care, including abortion services, where permitted by law. The move comes as numerous companies, from Dick’s Sporting Goods to Nike to Adidas, issued similar statements following Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Good corporate citizenship means equal opportunity for all employees, and as a company with employees in all 50 states, we believe it is up to us to do what we can to provide the same rights to all of our American employees.Greenberg said in a memo. “No employee should face restrictions on access to health care, including a full range of reproductive options.”
Greenberg said Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Skechers will support all of its employees — no matter what state they live in — in their family planning decisions, including pregnancy, adoptions, contraception and abortion, among others.
“We recognize that some team members or our loyal customers may not agree with our decision to provide equal opportunity access to the health care we have in California, but we believe that every employee should have the same freedom to make personal decisions about whether, when or if to start a family, no matter where they liveGreenberg wrote. “We will follow laws and standards, but do our best to ensure the health, safety and support of the entire Skechers team..”
The decision means that up to 26 states could restrict abortion rights for women. Already, a number of “trigger states” have banned the procedure or will do so within the next 30 days.
A number of fashion and retail companies have weighed in on abortion access for employees since Friday’s ruling was announced, but some executives have been reluctant to speak directly on the decision.