Netflix adds gender reassignment to staff benefits list

The streaming service is adding to the growing list of American companies that are adding trans benefits

Netflix has added gender reassignment surgery to its list of staff benefits. The streaming entertainment service is not the only one – other technology companies including Facebook and Tesla also offer the option, along with hormone therapy, in a bid to be as diverse as possible.

The announcement comes in the wake of a recent survey by the Human Rights Campaign that revealed that over 415 of the 780 business asked about LGBT friendliness now covered many related operations – more than double the number since 2012.

While the increase in LGBT benefits is a positive sign, this is also a good way to show you care about diversity without breaking the bank, according to researchers. James Baron, a professor who studies human resources at the Yale School of Management, told Bloomberg Business, “Committing to this form of equality allows a company to put another arrow in its quiver without terribly profound cost implications.” The reason? Very few people actually take advantage of the benefit.

A 2013 report by Jody Herman, a researcher gender law at University of California, Los Angeles, supports this. She found that just 1 employee in every 10,000-20,000 would take advantage of gender reassignment procedures each year. The average cost of the operation is £20,000.

The trend in companies promoting trans benefits comes after the White House recently employed their first ever transgender worker – Raffi Freedman-Gurspan – in the role of Recruitment Director in August.

Netflix in particular has been lauded for promoting gender diversity by promising “unlimited” parental leave in the first year after birth or an adoption.

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