Google illegally fired two employees who had sought to inform fellow workers about their job rights, federal labor regulators alleged this week.
In a complaint filed on Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board charges that Alphabet-owned Google fired two workers as a way to squash further employee activism. Google “surveilled” and “interrogated” employees over their activities, the NLRB alleges, and selectively enforced workplace policies to discourage workers from organizing.
The complaint stems from an incident last year, when Google fired four workers shortly after Thanksgiving. Some of the fired employees had protested the company’s involvement with Customs and Border Protection; others objected to Google’s hiring of an anti-union consulting firm, IRI Consultants.
A fifth worker, security engineer Kathryn Spiers, who was initially suspended but then fired in December, had created a pop-up notification that reminded workers of their rights to discuss workplace issues without fear of retaliation.
The notification appeared