Facebook won't punish employees who protest on May 1

Facebook won't punish employees who protest on May 1
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Facebook said that it will not penalize employees who take time off work to participate in pro-immigration protests on May 1.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media giant also said that it would investigate any of the vendors it contracts for its security staff, bus drivers and janitors if they illegally crack down on their employees' protest rights, reports Bloomberg.

“At Facebook, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up,” a spokesman wrote in a statement emailed to Bloomberg.

“We support our people in recognizing International Workers’ Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions.”

Facebook, along with much of Silicon Valley, had been critical of President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJuan Williams: Trump gives life to the left Kennedy retirement rumors shift into overdrive Pompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran MORE’s high-profile executive order barring foreign nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. The company, along with over 120 tech firms, signed an amicus brief backing a lawsuit to block the executive order.

Activists within other large technology companies like Google and IBM have also pushed anti-Trump and pro-immigration agendas.

Leadership at many of these companies have been more hesitant to take as strong a position than their employees, which many speculate is based on their desire to stay in the president's good graces.