Following Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Google’s director of human resources, Fiona Cicconi, sent an email to all employees on Friday informing them of Google’s response to the decision. Among other things, the email states that Googlers can “request a relocation without justification” and that those in charge of the relocation process “will be made aware of the situation” when evaluating their requests.
The Supreme Court decision does not make abortion illegal in the United States, but leaves the decision up to each state. A number of states immediately restricted abortion rights, including Louisiana, Missouri and Kentucky. Other states, including California, where Google is headquartered, have pledged to protect abortion rights within their borders.
Here is the letter in full:
This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization who retreats Roe vs. Wade.
It is a profound change for the country that deeply affects many of us, especially women. Everyone will respond in their own way, whether it’s wanting space and time to process, expressing themselves, volunteering outside of work, not wanting to discuss it at all or any other thing. Be aware of how your co-workers may be feeling and, as always, treat each other with respect.
Fairness is extremely important to us as a company, and we share our concerns about the impact this decision will have on people’s health, lives and careers. We will continue to work to make reproductive health care information accessible through our products and will continue our work to protect user privacy.
To help Googlers and their dependents, our US health insurance and benefits plan covers out-of-state medical procedures that aren’t available where an employee lives and works. Googlers can also request a relocation without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation. If you need further assistance, please connect 1:1 with an HR consultant via [link to internal tool redacted].
We will be hosting support sessions for Googlers in the US in the coming days. These will be published on Googler News.
Do not hesitate to lean on your Google community in the days to come and continue to take good care of yourself and others.
The edge contacted Google to clarify whether the relocation policy is new or needs to be changed due to the Supreme Court ruling. We’ll update this story if we hear back.