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New York Federal District Court Rules That Welfare Benefit Plan Might Not Be Required to Cover Same-Sex Spouses
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May 16, 2014
"The court took into account both the Supreme Court decision declaring DOMA unconstitutional and the recent IRS guidance relating to retirement plans and concluded that neither mandated same sex spousal coverage under welfare benefit plans. According to the court, the discrimination rules with respect to race, sex, gender, etc. are not inherent in ERISA, but instead are applied through the federal non-discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The employee had brought her claim only under ERISA; therefore her case was dismissed." [Jane Doe and Jane Roe v. Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, No. 12-cv-04788 (S.D.N.Y. May 1, 2014)]

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