Google to face a federal labor charge by the CWA for unlawfully firing four employees

Google to face a federal labor charge by the CWA for unlawfully firing four employees
Written by:
Michael Harris
6th December 2019
Updated: 11th March 2020
  • The CWA files a federal labor charge against Google for unlawfully firing four employees.
  • NLRB investigation under attorney Laurie Burgess to begin following Thursday's filing.
  • Google says employees were fired for violating data security policies.
  • Google has faced €8 billion of fines by EU antitrust regulators in the past two years.
  • Google's stock has noted over 25% gain in the stock market in 2019 despite increasing scrutiny.

The legal headaches for Google seem to have increased on Thursday as the Communications Workers of America union accused the multinational technology company of unlawfully firing 4 of its workers to prevent the employees from participating in union activities. As per the report, a federal labor charge has been filed by the union against Google.

Following the accusation, analysts are expecting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to take notice and launch an investigation to get to the root of the matter. In an event that the board finds out that Google actually tried to meddle in the employees’ right of expressing concerns regarding the overall work environment, the NLRB will support the workers and help them reach an appropriate settlement with Google.

Google Says Employees Were Fired For Violating Data Security Policies

While a Google representative has not yet commented on the recent charges, it was, however, highlighted that the employees were fired as they were found in violation of Google’s data security policies.

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Attorney Laurie Burgess of Messing Adam & Jasmine is currently working on the NLRB filing. In a statement on Thursday, she remarked that the CWA union has actively played its role in representing around 700,000 workers in North America belonging to different industries. She further added that the union continues to contribute to organizing employees at Google. According to Burgess, the CWA union has taken a stern stance against Google and filed a charge as its actions have been damaging to the union.

The filing cites that the reason for firing the four employees was to discourage other workers from participating in the union activities. It further adds that the recent event was entirely in contrast to the claims of freedom and transparency that the parent company, Alphabet Inc., continues to brag so proudly to the public.

Google Is Facing Increased Scrutiny And Higher Competition In Advertising

Google has reiterated on multiple occasions that it takes employee feedback seriously and is open to making the necessary adjustments based on their suggestions or ideas that are put forth in companywide meetings. Serving over 3 billion consumers (individuals and businesses) from countless niches across the globe, however, Google has recently faced multiple instances of regulatory scrutiny and a consistently rising competition in advertising.

Google has faced massive fines from the European Union antitrust regulators amounting to €8 billion in the past two years. Despite the challenges, Alphabet Inc. has managed to record an over 25% gain in the stock market in 2019 so far.

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