Fiona Cicconi, Google’s chief people officer, wrote an email to all team members on Friday advising them of Google’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade. The email informs Googlers, among other things, that they may “ask for relocation without reason” and that those in charge of the relocation process “will be aware of the circumstances” in deciding whether to approve their requests.
The Supreme Court’s decision does not outlaw abortion nationwide; rather, it gives state legislatures the discretion to enact abortion restrictions. Several states, notably Louisiana, Missouri, and Kentucky, promptly imposed restrictions on abortion rights. Other states have committed to defend abortion rights inside their boundaries, notably California, the home of Google.
Here is the whole letter:
This morning the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that rolls back Roe v. Wade.
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. Please be mindful of what your co-workers may be feeling and, as always, treat each other with respect.
Equity is extraordinarily important to us as a company, and we share concerns about the impact this ruling will have on people’s health, lives, and careers. We will keep working to make information on reproductive healthcare accessible across our products and continue our work to protect user privacy.
To support Googlers and their dependents, our US benefits plan and health insurance covers out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where an employee lives and works. Googlers can also apply for relocation without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation. If you need additional support, please connect 1:1 with a People Consultant via [link to internal tool redacted].
We will be arranging support sessions for Googlers in the US in the coming days. These will be posted to Googler News.
Please don’t hesitate to lean on your Google community in the days ahead and continue to take good care of yourselves and each other.
The Verge has contacted Google to find out whether the relocation policy is new or if it will be modified in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling. If we get a response, we’ll update this article.
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