America First Legal Foundation wants the government to investigate Dick’s Sporting Goods over a new policy that reimburses employees up to $4,000 to travel for an abortion, arguing that the practice constitutes illegal employment discrimination because the company doesn’t offer the same benefit to a pregnant female employee who chooses to have her baby.
The foundation was launched by former senior Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller in February 2021. Former President Donald Trump endorsed it a few weeks later.
America First Legal vows in its mission statement to “wage a forceful defense of our rights, our country, and our cherished American way of life” against “progressives [who] have used the court system to attack our founding documents, undermine the rule of law, and erode our nation’s most cherished principles and traditions.”
Employee abortion benefit programs have been popping up at corporations across the nation since a draft Supreme Court opinion indicating the court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked in early May. The court reversed the 1973 abortion precedent on June 24, returning the regulation of abortion to the states. The benefit reimburses the pregnant woman for traveling outside her home state which restricts abortion access to a state where obtaining an abortion is easier.
Citigroup, Disney, Warner Bros., Meta, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Uber, Intuit, Buzzfeed Inc., Levi Strauss and Co., Starbucks, Yelp, Microsoft, Apple, MasterCard Inc., Netflix, Tesla, and Zillow have also reportedly adopted the benefit policy. Typically, the benefit is a travel stipend capped at $4,000, trade publication HR Dive reported. Some companies have offered abortion benefits to employees for years.
Hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Dick’s announced it would offer the abortion benefit, which provides as much as $4,000 to reimburse travel for an employee, spouse, or dependent, along with a support person, to procure an abortion.