Tech Companies' Newest Perk: Paid Time Off to Protest

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Protestors rally during a demonstration against the new immigration ban issued by President Donald Trump at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)


Some Silicon Valley tech companies have begun offering a new perk for its employees, allowing them paid time off to take part in protests, according to the Washington Post. One company, for instance, a San Francisco-based start-up called Fauna, let nearly a dozen employees take unlimited paid leave to protest, as well as for other political activities like attending rallies, voting, and writing letters. Fauna recruiting director Amna Pervez explained, "We want our employees to know that we absolutely support the betterment of our country. People can take whatever they feel like they need to make a meaningful difference." Even Facebook allowed employees to take time off work for a pro-immigration rally, with a company spokesman saying, "At Facebook, we're committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up about issues that are important to them." 

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