Latest In Silicon Valley 'Fringe Benefits': Paid Time Off To Protest Trump

Tyler Durden's picture

Silicon Valley's tech giants are world renowned for their random employee 'perks' which include everything from free lunches prepped by expensive chefs, to free massages, nap pods and tricked out game rooms.



But the latest trend in Silicon Valley 'fringe benefits', which includes unlimited time off to protest the Trump administration, feels a little bit less like an attempt to attract and retain talent as it is an attempt to push a political agenda.

Nevertheless, as the Washington Post points out today, companies like Fauna of San Francisco are offering their employees unlimited paid time off to protest Trump in any way they see fit.

Fauna, a San Francisco-based database start-up, recently began allowing its 13 employees to take unlimited paid leave to participate in rallies, vote, write letters to elected officials and take part in other civic activities. Before February, employees could take time off on an as-needed basis. But the political climate — and polarization — after President Trump’s inauguration called for more defined measures, said Amna Pervez, director of recruiting and retention.


“Since there’s been such a divide in our country, we felt we should be very explicit about our policy,” Pervez said, adding that the company also provides unlimited vacation time. “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.”


A number of other start-ups, including Turbine Labs, Buoyant and Jelly Industries, have signed on to do the same. The new policies come as technology firms and other companies take a stand against the Trump administration’s plan to tighten restrictions for foreign workers. On Tuesday, Trump was expected to sign an executive order that would impose new restrictions on H1-B visas, a type of temporary work visa often used by firms to recruit and employ highly skilled workers.

Meanwhile, even Facebook joined in on the trend allowing employees to take May 1st off to attend a "pro-immigration" rally...

Facebook, for example, is allowing its employees to take time off to participate in pro-immigration rallies on May 1. The company, which relies heavily on foreign workers, informed employees and contractors last week that they would not be penalized for missing work to protest, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.


“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,” a company spokesman said in an email. “We support our people in recognizing International Workers’ Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions.”


“We will define this as we grow,” Gómez said. “But my hope is that policies like this become the norm. When Google began giving out free lunches, everyone else followed. Why should this be any different?”

Of course, this latest trend is afflicting not just Silicon Valley but our institutions of higher learning as well.  As we pointed out last night, one ASU professor recently allowed her students to opt out of a final exam in exchange for organizing a campus protest of Trump.

But don't worry, there are some ground rules for Silicon Valley's snowflakes: no violence, or activities that make others feel threatened...but what good is a disaffected liberal protest without a little property destruction to stick it to 'the man?'

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williambanzai7's picture

I would argue that that paid time off is not a deductible expense.

pitz's picture

Not only that, it might be a political campaign contribution which would have to be declared and accounted for in the usual fashion.

El Oregonian's picture

 “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,”


“At Facebook, we’re committed to forcing an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing our opinions and speaking up about issues that are important to us,”


There, fixed.

wee-weed up's picture

Hey, "parasites" - protest all you want - protest your employer "host" to death!

CJgipper's picture

They're paying them to protest FOR their H1B replacements.  And they claim to be so "enlightened"   lololol

NiggaPleeze's picture

The good news is it's illegal in California to discriminate in employment based on political views.  Thus any remaning Trumpsters can use that paid time off to go around town with MAGA hats and spark some lively debate, paid for by Fauna/Facehook/etc.  Or any true conservative can use that paid time off to undermine globalists in creative ways.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

I would hope not.  Either way, these Marxist 'progressive' douchebags can go fornicate themselves.

crossroaddemon's picture

Oh, don't rain on the parade. These folks have a chance to take money from the parasites and not work. Who cares what the reasons are, especially when both sides are stupid and all politicians are bad?

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

What a sad fuckin estate of affairs that our youth and so many others have been hijacked by this commie cult. They have no idea what kind of world they are yearning for. The devision is so deep, it permeates into all aspect of our society and is all but guaranteed to end very badly. There seems no middle ground negotiating points, without rational discussion this is going to turn violent, I'm afraid.

It's like watching two kids get forced into a fight in the playground.

Shift For Brains's picture

So very true. This is the kind of virtue signaling that winds up either bankrupting a company or creating internal conflict when they have to dial it back just to keep afloat. I say encourage them to take month long sabbaticals with pay to think through how they can "make a difference." It's all good cleaning out the Augean unicorn stables.

Ignatius's picture

Tax deductible/legal don't matter.  We're in the post legal framework world now.  If ya work for the agenda you're OK.

ShrNfr's picture

I would also argue that doing this makes them a PAC.

Loanman26's picture

I wonder how many new employees George Soros will be paying that day?

Fuck you George.

The over/under 500,000.

Have at it boys.  

TahoeBilly2012's picture

New term "George Soros Boys"...that's what they are! 

TheLastTrump's picture

"All income is taxable."


Garage sale.


Kids lemonade stand.


Cancer research?

jamesoboston's picture

Well, it's your right to stand there arguing with the wall if you insist... and mine to deduct my employees' wages for whatever i pay them to do or not to. Carry on with the arguing. It's amusing.

silverer's picture

I wonder if these companies will pay for ammo?

Never One Roach's picture

Will their protest signs be written in Spanish, Urdu or Hindi?

Larry Dallas's picture

This, my friends, is how this Silicon Valley cycle starts to ephemeralize...

If I was a VC in any of these companies, I would let them die on the vine.

Frito's picture

Why does a company with 13 employees have a "director of recruiting and retention"?


The company I work for has not many more staff (similar industry, but not in Silly-con valley), we have a CEO, no other bullshit titled positions.

land_of_the_few's picture

Most likely because they are a cash-burner that doesn't produce anything. Because they can't :D

By the way, what's wrong with calling the boss of a company simply "Manager". If they're any good they don't need a ludicrously overblown title, there is such a thing as being understated and effective. Well, there *was*.

NoDebt's picture

I would abuse the shit out of that stupid ass policy.  And I'm sure a lot of them will.  

I took time off to protest Trump by taking my kids to a ball game.  I took time off to protest Trump by zeroing-in my AR at the range.  I took time off to protest Trump by prepping.  I took time off to protest Trump by buying gold coins from several gold shops in the area in amounts under $5,000.  And so forth.

When some employer is such a dumbshit as to put a policy like that out there it's your Constitutional duty to make them pay for that progressivist stupidity.


crossroaddemon's picture

You're not taking that far enough... any opportunity to gouge the parasite class is a good one no matter which bullshit ideology they cling to.

GatorMcClusky's picture

Liberalism will destroy itself. Remember the dam in Force 10 From Navarrone? Let nature take its course.

crossroaddemon's picture

Oh get over this liberal/conservative dichotomy bullshit. Both sides are so full of shit it's coming out of their ears. I think liberals are retarded for the same reasons conservatives do... and I think conservatives are retarded for the same reasons liberals do.

Both sides are addressing causes instead of effects. Both sides think we have a bad implementation of a good system, when in fact we have an almost perfect implementation of a bad system.

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

Don't companies have a fiduciary duty to shareholders?

ljag's picture

Let's go fund trump to send a permanent contingent outside San Jose. Eventually they'll go broke

crossroaddemon's picture

Jesus, any reason to get PTO is a good reason. Since I support no politician I'll gladly protest anybody you want if I'm getting paid money...

TheLastTrump's picture

I had PTO.


Most places with PTO were loser places.


Why not offer brainpan initiatives?

crossroaddemon's picture

Well... anybody who's working for a wage is enriching the parasite class with their labor and also putting themselves in the unacceptable position of being somebody's bitch. But here's a chance for them to gouge a little. It's a beautiful thing. Maybe they'll find their balls and quit their jobs.

jmack's picture

        LOL, you think those idiots want to go outside and march around in hot city streets?  No they want to sit in dark, air conditioned rooms and code or otherwise fuck off in front of a monitor as the company supplied masseuse, who likes to rub her tits on thier back, comes around and delivers her services.  They are protesting to keep their jobs, or keep their status in the office political gestalt.  Like good little proto fascists.

crossroaddemon's picture

OK, I'd maybe consider a wage job if a I got a company masseuse rubbing her tits on my back...

Besides, I think more of these employees than you realize are going to abuse the fuck out of this. And good for them.

TheLastTrump's picture

"anybody who's working for a wage is enriching the parasite class with their labor and also putting themselves in the unacceptable position of being somebody's bitch."


Nice parody account.

TheLastTrump's picture

Oh, it's you. Glad to see you got the rest you needed.

crossroaddemon's picture

Guess I have been gone a a couple weeks, haven't I? Summer gig season starting a bit early because nice weather this year...

TheLastTrump's picture

Any man who is ambivalent about who he supports is a weasel assed pussy.



Unless faced with a gang wielding knives, can openers & corkscrews. Then, it's cool.

crossroaddemon's picture

I support myself as a sovereign individual. I hold no loyalty to any political entity.

TheLastTrump's picture

ANDDDDDD the leftist shilLs will flock to THIS thread......NOT.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


ANDDDDDD the leftist shilLs will flock to THIS thread......NOT

...except for TheLeftTrump, of course.

TheLastTrump's picture

really? that's your takeaway from my months of shilling for Trump here on ZH? FOR SHAME


Defending Trump while you lame retardo PaulBotzians heil media memes despite your detached demeanor.



eta- I had to come back & BOLD that last was so fucking BEAUTIFUL I couldn't stand it.....

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

You're not fooling anyone, lefty. I'll bet you've even got a commie flag tacked up on the wall inside of your garage.

grunk's picture

Antitrust lawsuits coming,


aloha_snakbar's picture

Sure, what are they going to miss out on... developing a self driving dildo?

Yikes... that 'game room' is like That 70's Show on acid...

land_of_the_few's picture

They get game rooms instead of *money*. Same with all the free bananas and coffee bull. Free bananas can come in the form of share options. Again, not money. Especially as some companies try to fire new starts before they qualify for any. But if course it is put in the job adverts as if it were cash and a dead cert.

VWAndy's picture

 What is this, the kick the redhead potus? Just so ya know kicking redheads is not a good idea. We are talking world class SNAP!

jmack's picture

Seems like an FEC violation to me. max contribution limits and all that.  Didnt Dnesh Dsouza go to jail for that?