American multinational technology company Google logo seen at Googleplex, the corporate headquarters complex of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc.
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While judges review subpoenas in an almost year-long case that pits Google against its workers, former company employees are doing their part to highlight the intensifying tension between the two sides.
Three ex-Google employees filed a lawsuit this week, accusing their former employer of terminating them for protesting a cloud deal that Google signed with the Trump administration’s Customs and Border Patrol in 2019.
Rebecca Rivers, Sophie Waldman and Paul Duke claim in the complaint that when they were hired by Google, they were asked to sign a contract that included the company’s catchphrase clause “Don’t Be Evil.” The plaintiffs say Google violated the agreement, and are asking for compensation and other relief for suffering “significant damage to reputation and ability to be gainfully reemployed.”
Google parent Alphabet has little reason to be concerned financially — the company has over $140 billion in cash and equivalents on its balance sheet and a market cap of about $1.9 trillion. But a string of employee walkouts, internal battles over how the company uses its artificial intelligence technology and lawsuits related to treatment of its workforce present a potentially severe strain for a company that has long prided itself on a culture of openness and…