A federal agency accuses Google of spying on and then firing two employees who staged protests against the company.
The National Employment Council claims that employees – Lawrence Berland and Catherine Spiers – were fired after participating in workers’ protests against Google’s attitude towards employees. Google̵
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Google said it terminated Berland because it looked at other employees’ calendars, violating company policies, but the NLRB said the rule itself was illegal.
Spiers, meanwhile, was fired after she alerted Google employees to see each time they visited the IRI Consultants website, which stated that “Google employees have the right to participate in secure concerted activities,” according to The Guardian. .
“Google has always worked to support a culture of internal discussion and we place great trust in our employees. Of course, employees have protected labor rights, which we strongly support, but we have always taken information security very seriously,” the company said in a statement. Axios. “We are confident in our decision and legal position. The actions taken by the officials in question were a serious breach of our policies and an unacceptable breach of trusted responsibility.”
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In recent years, Google has been rocked by complaints from workers who are unhappy with the changing culture.
Google hired an IRI in 2019 after unrest swept the company and more than 20,000 employees left their jobs to express their dissatisfaction with sexual harassment and other company policies.
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