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When employers make a conscious decision to skip the sex checkbox when enrolling staff in insurance plans for the sake of gender equality, we see many carriers knock back the application. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The modern-day office has become a battleground of socio-political efforts to embrace a more diverse, collaborative and equal world. Companies have ditched corner offices for open floor plans (for better or worse), eliminated water bottles in the breakroom for branded water bottles, and are making an active effort to hire previously un(der)represented cohorts. This particular fight to bring parity in the workplace is shifting from a battle of the sexes to a joining of forces, creating an environment where gender is inconsequential and talent and merit come first.

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