Lawsuit: Google failed to honour ‘don’t be evil’ pledge in firing engineers

A group of former Google employees is suing the Alphabet Inc unit claiming it violated their employment contracts by failing to live up to its famous slogan “don’t be evil.”

In the lawsuit filed in California state court in Santa Clara County, former Google employees Rebecca Rivers, Sophie Waldman and Paul Duke alleged that they were fired two years ago for meeting their contractual obligation to speak up if they saw Google violate His “I don’t know bad” promise.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company has said before that employees violated data security policies.

His layoffs have also led to an ongoing lawsuit by the National Labor Relations Board over whether the company engaged in unfair practices to stop the growing workers’ organization. Rank and file engineers and others working in technology companies in recent years have sought greater involvement in policies and projects. Management has backed down, seeking to maintain control.

The three former Google software engineers had raised concerns in city councils and other forums within Google about the possible sale of cloud technology to US immigration authorities.

Workers deemed potential migrant work “bad” under Google’s policies, which require “acting with honor and treating each other with respect” and committing to “the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct,” according to the lawsuit. . The company’s code of conduct says that workers who think the company is not meeting its commitment should not remain silent, according to the lawsuit.

The workers are seeking unspecified damages.

Google has promoted “don’t be evil” as a core value for more than 20 years, even when it went public in 2004.

The Platform Executive team hopes you enjoyed the ‘Lawsuit: Google failed to deliver on’ don’t be evil ‘promise in firing engineers article. Machine translation from English to a growing list of languages ​​via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reports through our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Julia Love. Additional reporting by Paresh Dave. Edited by Richard Chang.

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