SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Can you imagine asking your boss for paid time-off to protest? If you work for a growing number of Bay Area tech companies, chances are your boss will say yes.
Facebook is just the latest, giving employees leave on May 1st, which is a traditional day of protest about one issue or another.READ MORE: Videos, 911 Audio Released Of Fatal Fremont Police Shooting Of Attempted Homicide Suspect Kevin Johnston
The social media giant told the Los Angeles Times it makes for an inclusive workplace where employees are comfortable expressing opinions and speaking up.READ MORE: KNP Complex Fire: Flames Threaten Sequoia Groves; General Sherman Tree Wrapped In Fire-Proof Blanket
“I would assume that they are not telling you what to protest or what to say. But again it’s a way that you can attract and retain creative, smart and engaged talent and that’s what tech companies are all about right now,” KCBS technology analyst Larry Magid said.
Google and some smaller tech companies including Fauna, Buoyant, Jelly Industries and Atipica have opened the door to paid public protest by employees.MORE NEWS: State Health Department Partners with Tyler Perry for PSA Series
The next time President Donald Trump complains of “paid protesters,” he may be correct.