Google engineers claim they were fired for following its ‘don’t be evil’ policy

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Three former employees of the company are suing the company for allegedly firing them for speaking out against the company's "evil" doings.

Since the early 2000s, the phrase "Don't be evil" has been a part of the Code of Conduct.

In November of last year, four employees were fired for violating the company's data security policies, but they claim they didn't leak any confidential information. The acting head of the National Labor Relations Board said that the three employees were fired by Google because of their activism.

In a lawsuit filed in the state of California, the group accuses the company of being involved in evil and punishing them for calling it out. Waldman, Rivers, and Duke all signed a contract that included the "don't be evil" rule, according to the lawsuit. When employees questioned and petitioned against the cloud computing contract with the Customs and Border Patrol, they believed they were in accordance with their contracts, citing the potential instances of human rights abuses at the border.

The Code of Conduct was written in the early 2000s. The phrase "do the right thing" was replaced by "do the right thing" in 2015, but it is still in the Code of Conduct.