Workplace Options Renews Commitment to Domestic Partner Benefits in Wake of ‘Marriage’ Amendment Vote

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Raleigh, NC – May 09, 2012 – After the passage of an amendment to North Carolina’s state constitution defining marriage “between one man and one woman,” Raleigh-based Workplace Options says it is undeterred. The company is reassuring its employees that the company’s policy to extend employment benefits to domestic partners will remain unchanged.

“We are disappointed in the outcome of this vote, but we are not going let that affect who we are as a company, nor our pursuit of what we believe to be right,” said Dean Debnam, chief executive officer of Workplace Options, which employs more than 300 people at its global headquarters in Raleigh. “Our company is built on the idea of respecting the lives and choices of all individuals, and we will continue to do that for every individual that we employ and serve.”

Workplace Options was in vocal opposition of the amendment from the start. In April, the company sponsored an event for the Vote Against Project at its office on Highwoods Blvd. to rally support against the amendment.

Debnam also authored an editorial view on why it is a good idea for businesses and business leaders to take a stand on social issues, highlighting his company’s opposition to the “marriage” amendment as an example.

“This vote was a setback for progress and for the state of North Carolina,” said Alan King, president and chief operating officer at Workplace Options. “As an employer and as an active member of the community, we are committed to our employees and will continue to offer them all of the benefits they and their families deserve.”

“This is our stance, and we will fiercely defend these practices and our position to the fullest extent of the law,” King added.

Workplace Options is a leading global work-life and employee benefits provider with offices in five countries worldwide.

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