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posted by martyb on Thursday December 02 2021, @12:10PM   Printer-friendly
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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.

(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: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02 2021, @06:09PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02 2021, @06:09PM (#1201574)

    You're triggered by a journalist using an expression, regardless of whether the participants ever uttered the phrase?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 03 2021, @01:45AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 03 2021, @01:45AM (#1201711)

    Valid objection, but yes. The use of this linguistic feature is limited to those with an SJW mindset. It works as a code. The journalist wouldn't have used those words if s/he wouldn't think that the employees have the same agenda. It is an example of more subtle mutilation of English to Newspeak than usual. To those outside the scene, "calling out" would mean the opposite of "dialing in".

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 03 2021, @02:21AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 03 2021, @02:21AM (#1201715)

      (Same poster again). Thinking about it, the non-technical meaning of "calling out" I had left out is interesting: In normal use of the English language, it has the association of underlings (enlisted men, school kids, ...) having to line up in rank and file for a superior (officer, teacher, ...) who will separate out some of the underlings for punishment. The use of the term by SJWs is a deceitful appropriation of this association in order to appear more powerful. That's NLP on a level with the most scummy financial salespeople.