The acting head of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said Google has “demonstrably violated” US labor law by illegally firing three workers amid their organizing activities in 2019, Bloomberg reports. On Wednesday, the NLRB reversed an earlier decision rejecting claims by Sophie Waldman, Rebecca Rivers and Paul Duke that Google retaliated against them for labor activism.
The NLRB agency has already accused Google of wrongfully terminating former Google employees Laurence Berland and Kathryn Spiers. Now Acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr has requested that the complaint be changed to include Waldman, Rivers and Duke.
Google alleges that four employees, Berland, Waldman, Rivers and Duke, have been fired for violating data security policies; the workers say that’s not true. They claim The layoffs were in retaliation for trying to organize in the workplace, and that Google stopped them from sending a message to other employees. Rivers and Berland say the documents they had access to were not sensitive and they kept an eye on public calendar events. Spiers was fired for allegedly circumventing proper code filing procedures – she says she performed a routine update of an internal system to remind employees of their labor rights. The trial starts in June.
In a statement by e-mail to The edge, a Google spokesperson said: “Our in-depth investigation revealed that the individuals were involved in systematic searches for material and work of other employees, including the dissemination of confidential company and customer information. As the hearing on these matters progresses, we have great confidence in our decision and legal position. ”