Starting in April, electronics giant
Panasonic will recognize the marriages of its gay employees.
The Japanese company, which is based in
Osaka, also said that it would update its conduct guidelines to
prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, Reuters
Panasonic, which has 250,000 employees
worldwide, said that as one of the Olympic Games' biggest sponsors it
faced pressure to conform to the Olympics Charter, which forbids
discrimination based on sexual orientation. The company said that
numerous employees had also requested the change.
Olympic Committee adds sexual orientation to charter.)
The changes mean that gay workers will
be able to participate in several programs, including taking special
leave for weddings and funerals. Their spouses will qualify for the
company's welfare program. Work regulation definitions for
“marriage” and “spouse” will also be updated.