The National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) is preparing to file a complaint against Google for violating US labour laws. The accusations include spying on its employees who work organising protest, interrogating them and then firing two of them.
In connection with employee activism last year Lawrence Berland and Kathryn Spiers were fired. Berland was terminated because he was reviewing the calendars of other employees. Berland was gathering support against Google's toys to work with IR consultants and organisations known for anti-union activities.
Now, NLRB has a belief that it is against the law to have company policies that stop staff members who looked at calendars of their colleagues and co-workers
Spires was unlawfully terminated for creating a popup for Google employees visiting IRI consultant websites. Her reputation was adversely affected because of the accusation of violating security policies. The company did not tolerate efforts at spreading awareness among googlers about their right to participate in Protected Concerted activities.
Company policy to prevent workers from accessing or viewing each other's calendars unless it is for business official purposes has been met with a lot of criticism. They put a cap of a hundred people on employee signing up for calendar events.
Google will be compelled to repay wages to both concerned employees and may even have to rehire them if they lose the case. If the case is not settled the case will be heard by an administrative judge.