Google may be one step closer to justifying firing employees,media reported. Employee activists have accused Google of firing employees in retaliation for their attempts to form a union. Now, a ruling by the U.S. Labor Commission will allow employers to have more control over corporate property, including IT equipment and e-mail systems. The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRB) ruled that companies could prohibit employees from using company mail to organize protests. The decision comes as Google faces allegations of illegal dismissal of several employees.
A Google spokesman said: “We are not lobbying for any rule changes. Instead, the request is part of a broader legal defense of the company’s “valueless claims” against the company.
The decision does not mean the search giant will not get bogged down in wrongful dismissal allegations. However, the ruling did give Google more legal leverage to counter allegations that it fired employees in retaliation for the NLRA’s Section 7 content protections.
Lauren McFerran, the only board member to vote against it, said the ruling would set back employees’ ability to communicate with each other at work. “