The United States’ National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) extends its complaint against Google to three other former employees of the company, according to Recode. When the agency first accused the search giant of illegally shooting some of his workers for the organization, he took on the cases of two individuals.
Recode reports NLRB added Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers and Sophie Waldman to complaint. These former employees allege that Google fired them for protesting their work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2019. That summer, the three helped write petition calling on Google to pledge not to support CBP and other related agencies like US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). About 1,500 employees ended up signing this document.
When Engadget contacted the NLRB to confirm the change, the board gave us a summary of the case, which notes that the complaint was amended on June 9, 2021. Meanwhile, Google has reiterated that it fired former employees involved in the case for violating its data security policies, an allegation these people deny .
“We strongly support the rights of our employees in the workplace, but we also have a strong interest in maintaining and enforcing our data security policies, which in this case have been intentionally and repeatedly violated,” said a company spokesperson at Engadget. “Our in-depth investigation revealed that individuals were involved in systematic searches of documents and the work of other employees, including the release of confidential information about companies and customers. As the audience on these matters progresses , we are very confident in our decision and our legal position. “
Under the Trump administration, the NLRB has said it will not take on the cases of Duke, Rivers and Waldman. But last May, a report of Bloomberg said the agency reconsidered the decision under Peter Ohr, its current acting general counsel. As Recode points out, Ohr recently stated in a public memo he believes that certain “pleas for political and social justice” are protected by current labor laws. An administrative judge will hear the case between Google and its former employees in August. The move could have far-reaching consequences related to the way tech workers in the United States organize themselves.
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