California law regarding same-sex domestic partners.
October 19, 2010 11:32 AM Subscribe
Are employers in California required to offer registered same-sex domestic partner health benefits if they offer benefits to married partners?
posted by nohat to Law & Government (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am considering an offer from a company that doesn't currently offer same-sex domestic partner health benefits, although they do offer those benefits to married partners. The company is headquartered in another state, but I am curious about the state of the law here in California. I was under the impression that for state law purposes, registered same-sex domestic partners are equivalent to married partners.
They promise that when they do new benefit plans next year they want to include same-sex domestic partners, but in the meantime my partner is currently unemployed and gets health benefits through my current employer. If I take this new job I will have to buy him individual plan coverage on the open market until coverage is offered by the new employer. While I intend to use this as a negotiation tactic—they need to make my salary higher if they're not going to cover his medical expenses—I'd like to know if there are any real legal sticks I could theoretically use if push came to shove. Or is the notion that California domestic partnerships are really identical to marriage in all except name not really the case?