Lincoln Restaurant Offers Abortion Help to Employees
By Emily Diesing , Student Worker Nebraska Public Media News
June 27, 2022, 4:17 p.m. ·
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In the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe versus Wade, businesses across the country have said they will help employees financially who are seeking abortions and that includes a local restaurant in Lincoln.
Muchachos owner Nick Maestas says he will cover travel costs for any of his employees if they need to go out-of-state for a safe abortion. Muchachos is known to treat everyone who walks through the door like family and that includes making sure employees are cared for. Maestas said that the majority of his staff identify as female and wants to make sure they know he will support their decisions.
“It has nothing to do with my opinion on the matter." said Maestas. "It has more to do with me making sure my team feel and know that I fully have their back in whatever choices they decide to make.”
Maestas has been vocal on social media about how the Roe versus Wade ruling will affect employees at his business and possibly many others in Nebraska. He understands that this ruling may be a sensitive issue to some of his customers, but makes it clear his focus is making sure his employees get the medical care they need. He says he’s gotten some heat from those who follow him on social media, but hopes customers realize he wants to uplift his community.
“We want to be a loving and uplifting member of our community," he said. "If me choosing to support them in this manner, means that you can’t support my restaurant, take a second to look and see what we’ve done and how we support our community.”
Dick's Sporting Goods, which has a large store in Lincoln, also has committed to helping employees with travel costs for abortions. The company is based in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
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