Adidas will pay up to $10,000 to provide abortion access to employees – Footwear News

Adidas is one of many major retail companies to announce new programs to help employees following the U.S. Supreme Court’s formal overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The Germany-based athletic shoe maker said in a statement to FN that its medical plan for U.S. employees covers up to $10,000 per occurrence for travel and accommodations to obtain abortion services. they are not available in the state.

“Adidas strongly supports the right to choose appropriate health care for yourself,” Adidas said in the statement. “A crucial part of sport is taking care of mind, body and physical well-being.”

With this announcement, Adidas joins the ranks of other retail and footwear companies pledging to support their employees in the wake of the ruling. Adidas competitor Nike told FN in a statement on Friday that it would cover travel and accommodation costs when abortion services are not readily available.

“No matter where our teammates are on their family planning journey – from birth control and abortion coverage, to pregnancy and family-building support, to fertility benefits, maternity substitution and adoption – we are here to support their decisions,” Nike said.

In response to the ruling, Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Lauren Hobart released a statement on LinkedIn announcing that Dick’s would pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses for employees to travel to the nearest location for have access to an abortion if their states restrict it. Employees, spouses and dependents are eligible for this benefit. Amazon and Skechers also announced they would pay up to $4,000 in company travel expenses to help employees access abortions.

Under Armor and Allbirds said they would cover travel to access health services in another state if needed, with Patagonia, J. Crew and other companies announcing similar measures to support their employees.

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