Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Google informed employees that they can relocate to other states without explanation.
The company’s chief people officer, Fiona Cicconi, stated that employees may “apply for relocation without justification,” and that personnel handling the requests would be “aware of the situation.”
She also reminded employees that Google’s employee benefits plan covers medical procedures that aren’t accessible in the state they live or work.
Cicconi said: “This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects so many of us, especially women.”
“Everyone will respond in their own way, whether that’s wanting space and time to process, speaking up, volunteering outside of work, not wanting to discuss it at all, or something else entirely.”
The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overrule Roe v. Wade effectively ended the constitutional right to abortion.
It was previously reported that as many as 28 states may prohibit or severely restrict abortion access in the next days and weeks.
Some states, including Texas, have so-called trigger laws in place that went into force immediately after the judgment on Friday.
The repercussions of such a seismic shift in American politics have been felt throughout the IT industry.
Flo, one of the most popular period tracking apps, unveiled a new “anonymous mode” just hours after the Supreme Court published its judgment, in response to privacy concerns raised by the verdict.
Some firms, including Meta, have allegedly instructed their staff not to openly discuss the verdict.