Starbucks Adopts New Health Benefits For Transgender Employees

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Starbucks announced Monday that it has changed its policies to give benefits to employees that identify as transgender, including coverage for cosmetic procedures that will help employees look more aesthetically pleasing.

Starting in 2012, the coffee company offered health insurance plans that cover gender reassignment surgery, but these benefits will now expand to include breast reduction or augmentation surgeries, facial feminization procedures and hair transplants among other procedures, MarketWatch reported. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health partnered with Starbucks to create the new benefits.

The move comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on June 19 that it won’t classify gender dysphoria as a mental disorder in its upcoming 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases.

Starbucks will expand benefits for transgender employees despite the fact that its shares are down 12.1 percent for the year to date, MarketWatch reported.

The company also closed 8,000 stores on May 29 in order to educate its employees about discrimination. The move came after a store manager called the police on two black men who allegedly tried to use the bathroom without buying anything, and then refused to leave thereafter. (RELATED: Starbucks Chairman Blames Trump For ‘Racist Behavior’ Before Closing Stores For Racial Bias Training)

Starbucks is worth 79 billion according to Forbes.

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