In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Google will allow employees to transfer between states.
Fiona Cicconi, the company’s chief people officer, said in an email obtained by The Verge that employees could “apply for relocation without justification,” and that those handling the requests would be “aware of the situation.”
Cicconi also reminded employees that Google’s employee benefits plan covers medical procedures that aren’t available in their home state.
“This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects so many of us, especially women,” Cicconi says in the email.
“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 overturn Roe v. Wade effectively ended the constitutional right to abortion.
According to a May analysis published by The New York Times, as many as 28 states could either ban or severely restrict abortion access in the coming days and weeks. Some states, such as Texas, had so-called trigger laws in place that went into effect immediately after the decision on Friday.
The ramifications of such a seismic shift in American politics have been felt throughout the technology industry.
Flo, one of the most popular period tracking apps, announced a new “anonymous mode” just hours after the Supreme Court announced its decision, in response to privacy concerns raised by the ruling. Some companies, including Meta, have reportedly instructed their employees not to openly discuss the ruling.
Update 4:57PM ET: Google confirmed the authenticity of the email and revealed that it has not changed its relocation policy since the Supreme Court’s ruling.