Salesforce cloud-based software giant is offering to help relocate employees out of Texas after the state enacts its new extreme abortion law.
Referring to the “incredibly personal issues” the law creates, a message sent Friday to the entire company staff said any employee and their family wishing to move elsewhere will receive help.
“Ohana, if you want to move, we’ll help you get out of TX. Your choice,” said Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in a tweet with a CNBC article on supply and with a common term in Hawaii for “family.”
In its message to workers, Salesforce, based in California, did not directly mention Texas, where there are approximately 2,000 of its 56,000 workers worldwide, nor do they take a stand on the law. But his intention was clear.
“These are incredibly personal issues that directly affect many of us, especially women,” she said.
“We recognize and respect that we all have deep and different perspectives. As a company, we stand by all of our women in Salesforce and everywhere. If you have questions about access to reproductive care in your state, Salesforce will help you relocate you and your immediate family members. ”
The company’s offer appears to be part of a growing business backlash against Texas law, which went into effect Sept. 1 when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block it.
On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department was suing Texas over the “unconstitutional” law that prohibits abortions after the detection of embryonic cardiac activity, about six weeks, and allows private citizens take legal action against anyone who helps a woman get an abortion.
Shared travel companies Lyft and Uber have said they will pay the legal costs of drivers sued for transporting women from proceedings to proceedings. Meanwhile, Match Group, owner of the dating app Tinder, and rival Texas-based Bumble have created funds for employees seeking out-of-state abortions.
“The company generally does not take political positions unless it is relevant to our business. But in this case, I personally, as a Texas woman, couldn’t keep quiet, ”Match CEO Shar Dubey said in a note to workers.
Salesforce, founded in 1999 by former Oracle executive Benioff and associates as one of the premier web-based software service providers, has a reputation for caring for its employees. In 2020 it was ranked among the top ten U.S. companies for employee satisfaction in a Forbes survey.
He also has a history of involvement in politics. In 2015, Benioff said Salesforce was “drastically reducingHis investment in Indiana in protest of a religious freedom law that critics say promotes discrimination against LGBTQ + people.
The then governor of the state and later U.S. vice president Mike Pence was forced to sign a “clarification” of the law after a fierce backlash from companies and gay rights activists.