's Dreamforce 2014 Conference
Marc Benioff delivers the keynote speech at's Dreamforce 2014 Conference at Moscone South on October 14, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Tim Mosenfelder—Getty Images

Salesforce CEO Gave an Employee $50,000 To Help Leave Indiana

Apr 02, 2015

Salesforce is putting its money where its mouth is.

Not only is the cloud computing company leading the charge of a corporate boycott against Indiana following the passage of the controversial religious freedom law, but it is paying employees to relocate from the state, some to the tune of $50,000.

"I just got an email on the way to the studio from another employee who said, ‘Look, I don’t feel comfortable living in this state any more, you have to move me out,'" Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO, told CNN. "I gave him a $50,000 relocation package and said, ‘Great, you’re clear to go.'"

Salesforce did not immediately respond for comment.

Critics argue the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows business owners to refuse service to LGBT customers due to religious beliefs. On Thursday, state lawmakers announced changes to the law, clarifying that it will not allow businesses to discriminate against gay Hoosiers.

Following the passage of the initial legislation last week, Benioff tweeted, "We are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination."

Other businesses have taken a stand against the law as well.


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