Google is under investigation by the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRB), according tomedia reports. It comes after four former Google employees, Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers and Sophie Waldman, were fired. All four former employees were involved in internal protests while working for Google and encouraged their colleagues to join in.
The protests included Google’s bid for the U.S. Department of Defense contract. And if Google is found to have fired these employees in connection with their activism, it could be considered a violation of federal labor law.
The four employees filed a lawsuit against the NLRB on December 5, alleging unfair labor treatment. Google has been under investigation by the NLRB. In a settlement with the agency in September, Google promised to allow its employees to form unions and address the media.
The NLRB’s investigation is understood to have focused on whether Google’s firing of activists violated labor laws and whether the company prevented employees from joining unions. When an employee makes an allegation with the NLRB, the agency must conduct an investigation to determine whether formal action should be taken and a complaint made. The agency’s staff in Oakland will lead the investigation, which is expected to take 90 days.
In response to the website The Verge, Google said it was addressing the four employees because they intentionally and often violated the company’s long-term data security policies.