Cloud-based software giant Salesforce is offering to help move employees out of Texas following the state’s enactment of its extreme new abortion law.
Referring to the “incredibly personal problems” the law creates, a message to all company staff sent on Friday evening said any employee and their family wishing to move elsewhere would receive assistance.
“Ohana, if you want to move, we’ll help you get out of Texas.” Your choice, ”said Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. in a tweet featuring a CNBC article on the offer and using a common term in Hawaii for “family.”
In its message to workers, Salesforce, headquartered in California, did not directly mention Texas, where about 2,000 of its 56,000 workers worldwide are based, nor does it take a position on the law. But his intention was clear.
“These are incredibly personal issues that have a direct impact on many of us – especially women,” he said.
“We recognize and respect that we all have deeply held and different perspectives. As a company, we’re with all of our women at Salesforce and everywhere. If you have concerns about accessing reproductive health care in your state, Salesforce will help relocate you and your immediate family.
The company’s offer appears to be part of a growing corporate backlash against the Texas law, which came into effect on September 1 when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block it.
On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department is suing Texas for the “unconstitutional” law that prohibits abortions after detection of embryonic heart activity, at about six weeks, and allows individuals to take legal action against anyone who assists a woman to have an abortion.
Rideshare companies Lyft and Uber have both said they will pay court costs for any drivers sued for transporting women to or from proceedings. Meanwhile, Match Group, owner of the dating app Tinder, and its rival Bumble, also based in Texas, have set up funds for employees seeking abortions out of state.
“The company usually does not take a political position unless it is relevant to our company. But in this case, personally, as a woman in Texas, I couldn’t be silent, ”Match general manager Shar Dubey said in a note to the workers.
Salesforce, which was founded in 1999 by former Oracle executive Benioff and his partners as one of the premier web-based software service providers, has a reputation for caring for its employees. In 2020, it was ranked in the top 10 U.S. companies for employee satisfaction in a Forbes survey.
He also has a history of involvement in politics. In 2015, Benioff said that Salesforce was “considerably reducing”His investment in Indiana to protest a religious freedom law that critics say encourages discrimination against LGBTQ + people.
Then state governor and later US vice president Mike Pence was forced to sign a “clarification” of the law after a backlash from business and gay rights activists.