Google het sy eie 'moenie kwaad wees nie'-leuse verbreek, oud-werknemers se regsgeding eise

A group of former Google employees have sued the company, beweer dat dit hul dienskontrakte verbreek het deur nie sy beroemde leuse "moenie kwaad wees nie" te eerbiedig nie..

In die regsgeding wat in die staatshof in Kalifornië ingedien is, former Google employees Rebecca Rivers, Sophie Waldman and Paul Duke alleged that they were fired two years ago for fulfilling their contractual obligation to speak up if they saw Google violating its “don’t be evil” pledge.

Google has promoted “don’t be evil” as a core value for over 20 jare, including when it went public in 2004.

The three former Google software engineers had raised concerns at town halls and other forums inside Google about the company potentially selling cloud technology to US immigration authorities.

The workers considered the potential immigration work “evil” under Google’s policies, which call for “acting honorably and treating each other with respect” and engaging in “the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct”, volgens die regsgeding. The company’s code of conduct says workers who think the company may be falling short of its commitment should not stay silent, the lawsuit said.

The workers are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

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

The three former employees’ firings also have led to a National Labor Relations Board trial over whether the company engaged in unfair practices to stem growing worker organizing.

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