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Aetna urges Indiana Gov. Pence to stop discrimination

Apr 01 2015
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Aetna President Karen S. Rohan joined leading business and community leaders in the call for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to reexamine Senate Bill 101.  “We truly believe the new law will lead to needless discrimination against our employees, customers, and medical professionals who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” Rohan said in a letter sent on March 30.

The text of the letter follows:

Dear Governor Pence:

On behalf of the approximately 500 Aetna employees (including our Meritain business) who work in multiple offices across the State of Indiana, I respectfully urge you to reexamine, along with the Legislature, Senate Bill 101 that was signed into law on Thursday. It is urgent that you act to mitigate the damage that can and will happen beginning July 1 when the law goes into effect.  We truly believe the new law will lead to needless discrimination against our employees, customers, and medical professionals who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

I am proud to serve as Executive Sponsor of Aetna’s LGBT community. As a company, we strongly believe that no person should be discriminated against based solely on who they are.  At Aetna, we embrace all dimensions of diversity. We work hard to create a safe and equitable work environment, where employees are encouraged to use their diverse talents to prosper and grow. Simply put, the law conflicts with our goals as an employer and will hinder our ability to attract and retain top talent in Indiana.

At a time when business and government leaders alike are working hard on the creation of jobs and economic recovery, Indiana is moving in the wrong direction. We strongly urge you and the leaders of each caucus to consider an amendment to the law ensuring the addition of language that makes clear the law cannot be used to discriminate.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

 Karen S. Rohan

President of Aetna