Google is allowing workers to take off from work May 1 to protest President Donald Trump, whether or not they give advance notice.
Pro-immigration groups, socialist organizations, labor unions, and hundreds of thousands of workers are planning to walk out on their jobs on International Workers Day to voice their displeasure with the Trump administration, reports Buzzfeed.
“We respect everyone’s choice to act on their beliefs,” a Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “We care deeply about creating an environment at Google where everyone — employees and contractors, engineers, cafeteria workers and janitorial staff — feels comfortable doing so. We’re asking managers to be flexible in accommodating time-off requests and have let our vendor partners know that we support them doing the same.”
Google also encouraged business associates to give their workers the opportunity to take the day off without any retribution.
“The move comes after over 40 labor, immigrant rights and community organizations issued a letter to Google, calling on them to make a public commitment to ensure that subcontracted employees working in Google offices would be protected if they chose to participate in May 1 demonstrations or rallies,” Meghan Cohorst, a spokesperson for UNITE HERE, a labor union representing around 270,000 people, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
It is not very surprising that Google is permitting their workers to walk out on their jobs to demonstrate against Trump.
The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, who now serves as the executive chairman of parent company Alphabet, told an audience of employees in January that the Trump administration is “going to do these evil things as they’ve done in the immigration area and perhaps some others.”
Schmidt is also not shy about his affinity for liberal causes and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The tech executive was spotted wearing a “staff” badge during Clinton’s election night party.
Alphabet was also reportedly spearheading the funding efforts for the legal brief signed by nearly 100 companies that objected to President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban.
Google isn’t the only company to implement such a loose policy. Facebook also reportedly told its employees earlier in the month that they would go unpunished for not coming to work on that day of protest. Like Google, workers for the social media company don’t have to notify their superiors in advance.