Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attends a meeting with United States President Joe Biden and private sector CEOs in the White House state dining room on January 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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sales force Employees said in a message from Slack Thursday that the company will help them relocate if they are concerned about access to abortions or other medical procedures following an expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would quash Roe v. Veal.
“If you have concerns about access to critical health care in your state, Salesforce will provide travel financial support, available through our health care providers, and / or help relocate you and your family members,” Brent Hyder, Salesforce president and chief people officer, wrote in the Slack post, which was viewed by CNBC.
A Salesforce representative declined to comment.
Salesforce and other large tech companies have Committed to cover travel expenses for their workers who may need to travel to have an abortion. They started making employees aware of this option after a Supreme Court leaked the draft opinion last week revealed the High Court’s apparent intention to overturn the sentence in 1973 which made access to safe abortion a constitutional right.
Of the 50 states in the United States, 26 would ban or likely ban abortion if Roe were overthrown, according to the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute.
Hyder directed employees to internally available information on travel and relocation services for reproductive health care. She said Lori Castillo Martinez, the company’s chief equality officer, “and I want to acknowledge that recent news on this subject is deeply personal to many, especially women.”
The company also offers advice from Lyra Health, a start-up focused on providing mental health services to businesses and other organizations.
“If you’re struggling with the recent news on reproductive health care, a Lyra consultant will facilitate small group sessions (maximum 25 people) focused on guiding employees through ways you can cope with stress,” wrote Hyder.
“Microsoft will continue to do everything it can under the law to protect the rights of our employees and support enlisted employees and their dependents in accessing critical health care, which already includes services such as abortion and such assertion assistance, regardless of where they live in the US, “wrote a Microsoft spokesperson in an email. “This support has been extended to include travel cost assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in availability in an employee’s geographic region of residence.”
Salesforce has been outspoken on social issues in the past, including in September when co-CEO Marc Benioff said on Twitter that the company would help employees leave Texas after an anti-abortion law goes into effect in the state.
In 2015, Benioff said Salesforce was “forced to slash our investments” in Indiana because customers and employees were unhappy with the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics feared the law would allow companies to deny services to LGBTQ people for religious reasons. Salesforce has a large presence in Indiana because it is home to ExactTarget, which Salesforce acquired for $ 2.5 billion in 2013.