Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on Wednesday that he has offered relocation packages to multiple employees who have requested to be transferred out of Indiana due to the controversial religious freedom law.
“I just got an email on the way to studio from another employee who said, ‘Look I don’t feel comfortable living in this state anymore, you have to move me out,’ and I gave him a $50,000 relocation package and said, ‘Great, you’re clear to go,'” Benioff told CNN on Wednesday.
Salesforce will not completely move operations out of Indiana, but when Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the company canceled programs that required employees and customers to travel to the state.
When Indiana lawmakers announced changes to the law in response to backlash against the bill, Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle joined the lawmakers at a press conference to express support for the “fix.”
The proposed changes would prohibit businesses from using the religious freedom law to defend discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Though many members of the Indiana business community supported the “fix” proposed on Thursday, Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle said the changes were “insufficient.”