Google employees staged walkout in 2018. (Photo by Mason Trinca/Getty Images)
Three former Google engineers — Rebecca Rivers, Sophie Waldman and Paul Duke — are suing the search giant for slander, breach of contract and termination in violation of public policy. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in Santa Clara County, comes two years after they were fired.
Rivers, Waldman and Duke were terminated in November 2019 after months of publicly protesting Google policies, including the company’s “intent to enter into a contract with the Trump administration’s Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) … which they understood were responsible for e.g. separating children from their parents, ‘caging’ immigrants, unlawfully detaining refugees and engaging in other human rights causes,” according to the lawsuit. A fourth employee who was fired at the same time, Laurence Berland, settled with Google separately and is not a plaintiff in the case.
Google said at the time of the firings that the Thanksgiving Four were fired for “clear and repeated violations of our data security policies,” and that they had been engaged in “systematic searches for other employees’ materials and work” — allegations the employees dispute.The Google employees are among hundreds of young tech workers who are becoming increasingly activist about their companies’ stances on hiring, diversity,…