A group of four former Google employees who have recently filed a lawsuit against the company.
The four former employees – Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers, and Sophie Waldman – were all involved in internal activism at the company, and worked to rally other workers to protest issues within the company. Google's plan to build a censored Chinese search engine and work with the Pentagon.
The former employees now say they will file unfair laboratory practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the company violates their rights. Under the board's process, officials will now investigate the charges and decide whether to take further action.
"It's clear that [Google’s] draconian, pernicious, and unlawful conduct is not about us," the employees said in a statement.
The former employees said in an interview with The Verge that they are working with attorneys on the labor issues involved, but plan to file one or multiple charges as soon as this week. "Berland says."
Google has said that it will not work for them anymore what not retaliating against worker organizing. The workers say they are available, and that there is no rule against accessing it. Rivers and Berland, two of the workers, were first placed on leave at the company, employees held a voice to support them.
But Google has recently signaled that it is losing patience with internal activism. In one notable example, CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company wants to scale back its TGIF meetings, where employees have been given a chance to hear directly from management. Pichai said in an email last month that the meeting will now be monthly and focus only "on product and business strategy." Google is now faced with scrutiny for an anti-union work.
"Our coworkers have heard Google's excuses," the four former employees said in the statement, "and they are not buying it."