See what liberal companies are giving workers paid time off to attend protests

Activists in San Francisco can now take time off from their jobs to protest President Trump with the blessing of their boss and a paycheck to boot.

Thanks to the growing popularity of social justice benefits, employees are encouraged to attend town halls and rallies, or simply join street demonstrations, to let their voices be heard. They will not only be applauded for their efforts, they will also be paid for the time off, according to Fox News.

“Civic engagement is a foundation of our democracy, and companies should encourage it,” Adam Kleinberg, CEO of San Francisco marketing firm Traction, said.

“They can take part in a protest, they can volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them,” he said about the two paid “Days of Action” a year his employees are allotted. Traction claims its policy is neutral and employees who have formally requested the time off will be allowed to do so as long as the cause they are supporting does not promote violence.

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But conservatives in the Bay Area are calling out the company’s claims of neutrality, Fox News reported.

“They want, basically, a harder left turn than we’re seeing now,” vice chair of communications for the San Francisco Republican Party, Howard Epstein, said. “And if you’re going political, you’re going to discourage some people from going to your place of business.”

Kleinberg, a liberal, and his company were the target of boycotts and backlash after news of Traction’s “Day of Action” spread.

“Traction has been called everything from fascists, to socialists, to communists, to libtards, candya—s. I’m not quite sure what being a candya–s is, but if being candya—s is what it takes for Traction to inspire change, we’re willing to own that,” he said.

Outdoor apparel maker Patagonia shared Kleinberg’s views, declaring that protesting is part of the job.

“We hire activists… who are incredibly passionate about the environment. And, at times, protesting is part of that passion,” Dean Carter, vice president of human resources, said in a statement to Fox News. “It all fits in with the company’s greater mission to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”

A recent survey from employment firm Glassdoor concluded that more than half of employees want time off to be involved in some form of social activism, regardless of their political affiliation.

“Many employers are taking note that social change and positive action matters to employees – both in and out of the workplace,” Scott Dobroski, community expert with Glassdoor, said. He noted that, while some employers allow time off to vote, “this is different – this is going to a new level.”

Earlier in this year, Facebook gave its employees paid time off if they wanted to attend May Day rallies, which largely centered around immigration issues. Comcast employees were paid for time they took off to join protests of President Trump’s travel ban.

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