Facebook offers gay employees extra pay to make up for taxes

Thu. December 9, 2010 8:32 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Palo Alto, Calif. - Facebook is joining Google and Barclays in efforts to keep gay employees happy by compensating them for unfair tax laws.

All the companies offer health benefits to domestic partners of employees. But for married employees, those benefits are not taxed. For gay employees, they are.

So Facebook will now pay gay employees in domestic partnerships a little more, to make up for the tax inequality.

The New York Times reports that gay employees on average pay $1,069 per year more because of the tax laws.

The companies are not offering the extra pay to straight employees in domestic partnerships, since they have the option of marriage.