A report from the website says that three former employees of the company are suing the company for violating its code of conduct. "Don't be evil" was the motto for years. "Don't be evil" is still part of the company's official employee code of conduct, even after it was moved away from the motto. Employees are expected to sign the contract at work.
The new lawsuit is related to the legal proceedings that are taking place between the company and three former employees who were fired within minutes of each other on November 25, 2019. The workers were fired for leaking confidential information to the press and for engaging in systematic searches for information outside their scope of work. The software engineers were fired for protesting against the decision to sell cloud computing software to the Customs and Border Protection. They asked for a petition from the entire company asking for assurances that they wouldn't collaborate with ICE. Three workers, Rebecca Rivers, Paul Duke, andSophie Waldman, are now suing Google for allegedly violating its own code of conduct and California public policy. The state of California sued the president over the treatment of migrant children.
According to the report, the fired employees were accused of following a directive from the company to protest the company's actions because they saw the collaboration with the Customs and Border Protection as evil. It claims that the fired employees were never told that they had violated the company's data security policy and that they had not engaged in systematic searches. They only accessed documents that a full-time employee could find on their own.