by Jack Mayne
Oâ€™Reilly Auto Parts has agreed to provide healthcare coverage to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington and other states recognizing marriage equality, effective April 1 (read our previous coverage here).
This comes after a consumer complained to the Washington attorney generalâ€™s office which then started an investigation to determine if Oâ€™Reilly was refusing to provide the healthcare benefits to same-sex spouses that it provides for opposite-sex spouses.
The four south King County stores are at:
- 15500 First Ave. South, Burien
- 21105 International Blvd., SeaTac
- 9627 17th Ave. South, White Center
- 11610 Des Moines Memorial Drive in Boulevard Park
Oâ€™Reilly is based in Springfield, Mo., and operates a chain of retail auto parts stores across the country with approximately 147 stores and 2,194 employees in Washington state.
â€œThis is great news for all Oâ€™Reilly employees and their families,â€ said Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson
. â€œIf a business provides benefits to opposite-sex spouses, it must provide the same benefits to same-sex spouses.â€
Fergusonâ€™s office said Oâ€™Reilly had failed to provide a complete response to an investigative demand and had refused to produce any documents related to its decision not to provide benefits. Because of the refusal, the attorney generalâ€™s office filed a petition in King County Superior Court to enforce demand.
Oâ€™Reilly is a Fortune 500 company. It is a publicly traded auto parts company based out of Missouri. The company has approximately 4,166 stores in 42 states. It has 147 stores and employs 2,194 people in Washington State. Todayâ€™s policy change will apply nationwide, impacting all employees who are legally married.
The investigation sought to determine whether Oâ€™Reilly violated the Washington State Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive business practices.
With Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s change of practice, the attorney general will close the investigation.]]>
Senior Reporter Jack Mayne passed away in December, 2021. In his honor we have created the Jack Mayne Journalism Scholarship.
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I told you that the injustice wouldn’t stand, and I was right.
All your hard work paid off!! Congrats.
How do you feel about the issue? Are you against equality?
Marriage Equality now! Let’s see how many down votes a concept gets in this town.
unfortunately chances are this person involved is now going to find them self on the unemployment line if they make smallest error in there job big corporate company’s tend not do put up with things like this very well and tend to find little bs things fire the person involved over as long as they can get away with it legally
A quote from today’s Springfield News-Leader:
â€œWe were surprised to see Mondayâ€™s press release,â€ Oâ€™Reilly Director of External Reporting and Investor Relations Mark Merz said in the release. â€œOur legal department had been communicating with their office for the last several weeks, had constructive dialogue and provided all of the documents and information that we felt were relevant to the issue. While we believe that Oâ€™Reilly has complied with all applicable laws, we also believe we should review and evaluate not only potential changes to the law, but, more importantly, evaluate what is in the best interest of our customers, team members and shareholders.â€
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