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posted by martyb on Thursday December 02 2021, @12:10PM   Printer-friendly
from the chaotic-neutral dept.

Lawsuit: Google employees were fired for upholding “Don’t be evil” code:

Three former Google software engineers who sued the company yesterday claim they were fired for following Google's famous "Don't be evil" mantra.

"Google terminated each plaintiffs' employment with it for adhering to the directive 'Don't be evil' and calling out activity by Google that they each believed betrayed that directive," according to the complaint filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by Rebecca Rivers, Sophie Waldman, and Paul Duke. The ex-employees say Google falsely blamed them for a data leak after they circulated an internal petition.

The lawsuit notes that the Google Code of Conduct "that each full-time Google employee is required to sign as a condition of employment" specifically instructs them not to be evil. The ex-employees say they tried to uphold the "Don't be evil" policy in August 2019 by circulating a petition "requesting that Google affirm that it would not collaborate with CBP [US Customs and Border Protection] or ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] with respect to enforcement of the Trump border control policies."

"[E]ach plaintiff protested Google's engagement in supporting BCP policies that resulted in separation of families and 'caging' of immigrants who were seeking asylum in the United States," the complaint said.

Google's firings of Rivers, Waldman, and Duke are also part of an ongoing case in which the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Google.

Previously:
(2018-10-13) Google Leak: The Good Censor
(2018-09-14) "Senior Google Scientist" Resigns over Chinese Search Engine Censorship Project
(2018-05-19) "Don't be Evil" Disappearing From Google's Code of Conduct


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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday December 02 2021, @06:02PM (2 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 02 2021, @06:02PM (#1201571) Journal

    Google said "don't be evil", so they can't lie.

    They wouldn't lie because that would be evil.

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  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Thursday December 02 2021, @09:05PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Thursday December 02 2021, @09:05PM (#1201631)

    Plus lying on record is something you can find yourself defending yourself against in court.

  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday December 04 2021, @03:51PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Saturday December 04 2021, @03:51PM (#1202111) Homepage Journal

    ...says Lucifer

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