Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is serious when he says employees in Indiana can move out of the state, and he is helping them do it. Several employees asked to be transferred elsewhere, out of the state following Gov. Mike Pence's signing of a religious freedom law, with Benioff saying one employee was given $50,000 for a relocation package.
Salesforce has sizable business operations in Indiana, so individual employees are now being assisted if they wish to leave - but abandoning the state isn't so simple. Under the threat of reducing business in Indiana, Benioff is reportedly working with state lawmakers so that the religious freedom law is modified.
"This is a really important point that, you know, CEOs have a lot of power and control on investment in states and we want to invest in states where there is equality," Benioff said, in a statement published by CNN Money. "One thing that you're seeing is that there is a third [political] party emerging in this country, which is the party of CEOs."