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Yelp to help workers with abortion care in response to restrictive laws passed in Texas, Oklahoma

SAN FRANCISCO – Yelp will cover the travel expenses of workers who have to travel abroad for abortions, joining the ranks of large employers trying to help workers affected by new restrictions in Texas and other states.

The bonus, announced Tuesday, covers all 4,000 employees of the online review service, but seems likely to have the biggest direct impact on Texas’s 200 employees, who passed a law banning abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy.

“We have long been a strong advocate for equality in the workplace and believe that gender equality can not be achieved if women’s rights to healthcare are restricted,” said Miriam Warren, Yelp Diversity Officer.

Other states, including Oklahoma, are also curtailing abortions, prompting San Francisco-based Yelp and many other companies to pursue policies aimed at helping their employees receive reproductive health care in other states.

Last month, New York-based Citigroup unveiled plans to cover the travel expenses of any of its more than 220,000 employees, thousands of whom work in Texas and travel to another state for an abortion.

The two largest equestrian services in the United States, Uber and Lyft, announced last year that they would pay legal fees for drivers who could be sued under a new Texas law for transporting a passenger on an abortion appointment.

Policies expose companies to a possible backlash from those who support abortion restrictions, but could be an advantage for employers with a footprint in states like Texas in an increasingly competitive job market.

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