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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: 4, Informative) by Username on Friday December 03 2021, @09:42AM (1 child)

    by Username (4557) on Friday December 03 2021, @09:42AM (#1201788)

    When the divine prophet Obama put children in cages, it was a endearing act of compassion to protect children of color from their cisgendered alt-right controlling parents, and enabled them to pursue their trans-rights.

    When the blue eyed devil Drumph put children in cages, it was a heinous act of evil to hamper progress, suppress upward mobility, and to separate minor-attracted persons from their loved ones.

    When the beloved Biden puts children in cages, it is an act of love and charity, giving them a home they didn't have, sheltering them from the bigotry and hate.

    When the racist republican that replaces Biden puts children in cages, it will be an act of hate and score against love and peace, a terrible act of terrorism that will bring upon us the end of of civilization, and bring us back to clubbing our neighbors over the head and stealing their possesions.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 04 2021, @07:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 04 2021, @07:55AM (#1202068)

    minor-attracted persons

    Wew lad! So apparently that is an actual, unironic thing which falls under the "+" in "LGBT+." How progressive.