Cloud-based software giant Salesforce told its thousands of employees it would help move them out of Texas if they feared getting reproductive health care as a result of draconian new anti-abortion law. the state.
“As a company, we stand with all of our women at Salesforce and everywhere,” a Slack message to workers obtained by CNBC read Friday.
The San Francisco-headquartered company has not taken a specific position on the country’s most restrictive law, which criminalizes abortions at around six weeks – before most people even realize they are. are pregnant.
But the statement noted, “These are incredibly personal issues that have a direct impact on many of us – especially women… That being said, if you have any concerns about accessing reproductive health care in your area. state, Salesforce will help you and your immediate family relocate. “
Salesforce Founder and CEO Marc Benioff then tweeted a link to the CNBC story and added, “Ohana, if you want to move, we’ll help you leave TX. Your choice.” Ohana is a Hawaiian word meaning family.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (R) hit back, “Welcome to California.”
About 2,000 people work at the Salesforce site in Dallas, which is one of its 16 operations. Salesforce has approximately 56,000 employees worldwide.
Benioff announced in 2015 that Salesforce was “drastically” reducing its investment in Indiana due to the state’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, which customers and workers say would allow businesses to deny services to LGBTQ people. However, Salesforce increased its investment in the state the following year after the then government. Mike Pence (R) was forced to sign a clarification prohibiting such discrimination.
Salesforce is the latest company to take action against Texas law. The CEO of Match, the Dallas-based dating apps company, which also owns Tinder, is setting up a fund for workers in Texas who have to leave the state to have an abortion. And Austin-based dating app Bumble funds six organizations fighting for reproductive rights and helping women.
In addition, ridesharing companies Lyft and Uber have pledged to cover the legal costs of any driver who falls victim to Texas law for taking people to abortion clinics. Under the new law, anti-abortion vigilantes can receive a bounty of $ 10,000 if they successfully prosecute anyone who “helps or encourages” abortion care, including drivers.
Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott (right) claimed in an interview last week that the state’s right-wing policies are attracting business owners to Texas, though it is not clear whether he included female business owners.
A Forbes poll found that two-thirds of college-educated workers wouldn’t live in a state with such a restrictive anti-abortion law.
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Texas on Thursday, arguing that its new anti-abortion law violates the Constitution.
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