(September 24, 2013) – Equality Florida applauds the Wilton Manors Commission for its unanimous vote on establishing an Equal Benefits Ordinance (EBO).
The EBO requires businesses that contract with the city to provide employees' domestic partners with benefits equal to those offered to spouses of married employees. If a company does not currently provide benefits to the spouses of their employees then they are not required to provide benefits to the domestic partners of their employees. Recently, both Broward County and Hallandale Beach passed similar policies.
The Wilton Manors EBO comes just two months after the passage of the city’s Tax Equity policy, which ensures that city employees with domestic partners will no longer pay thousands of dollars more in taxes than married employees pay for their partner's health insurance coverage.
“Tonight Wilton Manors continues a growing trend across Florida by insisting that companies doing business with the city provide domestic partners the same protections they offer married employees," said Stratton Pollitzer, Deputy Director of Equality Florida. “We thank Vice Mayor Julie Carson, who sponsored the ordinance, and Mayor Gary Resnick and the entire city Commission for their support in making this a unanimous vote.”