Google has agreed to settle a National Labor Relations Commission lawsuit filed by six former and current employees alleging the company unlawfully fired or disciplined them for its efforts to cooperate their.
As part of the settlement agreed on Friday, former and current Google employees also agreed to drop a related California court case. Laurie M. Burgess, an attorney representing former and current employees, said the settlement terms are bound by a nondisclosure agreement.
The agreement was reached after a ruling in a labor council lawsuit forced Google to hand over more documents. The complaint, which the labor agency launched in December 2020, said the search giant had unlawfully fired or disciplined and surveyed employees who were active in the labor organization.
Google has repeatedly said that its actions had nothing to do with trying to combat merger attempts and that employees violated security protocols. A spokeswoman said Monday that “all parties are pleased to avoid years-long legal proceedings.”
“We’ve always been supportive of our employees’ right to speak about working conditions, and we support policies that protect the security of our systems,” the spokeswoman added.
Ms. Burgess said the settlement was not at a loss. Her clients have spent two years fighting Google and need to get on with their lives, she said.
“My clients turned that process on to expose what Google has been doing in trying to stamp out alliances and organize activities further than anyone else,” said Ms. Burgess.
The case sheds light on Google’s far-reaching efforts to combat a nascent union push. In documents related to Google’s hiring of IRI Consultants, a firm known for its anti-union activism, a Google attorney said he wanted consultants to help convince employees that “unions are bad.” harmful”.
In January, an administrative law judge asked Google to turn over even more documents, which the company refused citing attorney-client privilege. Additionally, Kent Walker, Google’s chief legal officer, was scheduled to testify in the NLRB trial.
Four of those who brought up the case were fired by the company, and two others were disciplined but not fired. One of those two is still at Google. As part of the settlement, the four laid-off employees waive their request to be reinstated.