Is it legal for a company to provide one employee with health insurance and a company car but provide neither of those to other employees employed in the same job title?

The company I work for provides one of the salespeople with health insurance and a company car. The other 2 salespeople (including myself) are not offered either benefit. All 3 of us have the same job title and the same duties. Is this legal?

Asked on March 14, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Whether the disparate treatment is in violation of state and federal labor laws depends upon what the employer/employee manual states with respect to benefits. If the car and health insurance are not part of company benefits, then the receipt of such by one salesperson and not the other two would not be in violation of state and federal law. Rather the receipt would be deemed a sort of a bonus to that one employee.


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