It hasn’t been all rainbows for Walmart’s employees. Walmart has been one of the few top Fortune 500 companies to have had a Corporate Equality Index below 50. Things did change, though, for the store, when in 2011 they added protections for transgender employees, which brought their score up to a Super Walmart–sized 60. The company hadn’t yet embraced their gay and lesbian employees because it refused to offer benefits for same-sex spouses. Employers can now claim their partners for insurance. This sweeping statement also allows opposite couples to file a claim for insurance. So how does a partner qualify? They must live together for at least 12 months, though, no proof is required to enroll. Remember that most employees at Walmart are part-time and many can’t afford the company’s insurance plan.
Well, at least Walmart is beginning to roll in the right direction. Now, how about a living wage?