According to a complaint by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the tech giant fired two employees after spying on them in the wake of employee protests. The NLRB asserts the company violated US labor laws.
Both employees, who were fired in 2019, allege they were fired due to activism. Several other employees were fired in the wake of the protests, but only the two listed in the complaint above were considered unlawfully terminated.
In an article published by the New York Times, if Google decides not to settle, an administrative judge will weight in on the complaint. Both employees may be rehired and given wage compensation if the company loses the case.
While the tech giant’s original slogan may have been “Don’t Be Evil”, the company has been riddled with criticism in the recent years. In 2018, around 20,000 employees walked out after Google handed former executive Andy Rubin $90 million to step down in the wake of a sexual harassment investigation. Google also faced a lawsuit recently over illegally tracking users when browsing in “private mode”. Many also criticized the company’s involvement with Project Maven, a research initiative that would help develop AI capabilities to improve data analyzed from drone strikes.
While the status of the complaint is unknown, it’s imperative that organizations remember to follow proper policies and procedures, and maintain compliance for the area in which your business resides. It’s always a good idea to be clear, concise, and adhere to local laws in your location.
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Written by Emily M.