Meta tells its employees not to talk about abortion

On Thursday, Meta’s vice president of human resources, Janelle Gale, reminded employees that they cannot discuss abortion in the workplace. The executive fears these discussions could contribute to a toxic culture.

The Verge first reported the news, also mentioning that Meta did not recently create the policy. It started in 2019 and falls under its “Respectful Communication Policy” guidelines. The policy also governs employee discussions of Black Lives Matter, immigration and transgender rights.

In the abortion section of the policy, it states that employees cannot discuss “opinions or debate whether abortion is good or bad.” Nor can they discuss “the availability or rights to abortion, and political, religious, and humanitarian views on the subject.”

Gale’s comments acknowledged that the debate is “the most controversial and reported topic” among Meta employees.

“Even if people are respectful and try to respect their views on abortion, it can still make people feel like they’re being targeted because of their gender or religion,” Gale added. .

She also said that abortion is a “unique subject, these kinds of trips that are part of a protected class pretty much in all cases.”

According to The Verge, while some employees like the policy, other employees said they felt upset about it. One employee said she felt a “strong sense of silence and isolation” due to the company’s approach.

The comments come amid the leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey. Reversing the previous two risks triggering outright bans in more than half of US states.

After the leak, some large companies reassured employees that when it came to their health, they would remain protected. Meta has remained silent on the debate, repeatedly reminding its employees to abide by its policy regarding politically and personally sensitive topics.


Meta boss and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has retained control of the company even after taking it public a decade ago when it was known as Facebook.
Meta boss and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has retained control of the company even after taking it public a decade ago when it was known as Facebook.
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