CALIFORNIA: American multinational technology company and search engine giant Google was sued by company’s employee who accused it of unlawfully prohibiting employees from sharing concerns with coworkers, shareholders or the press, and maintaining a “spying program” to prevent leaks.
John Doe, Google Inc product manager stated in the class action lawsuit filed in California state court in San Francisco the company’s employment agreements are illegally broad and violate various state labour laws.
“The confidentiality agreements that all Google employees are required to sign essentially bar workers from saying anything about the company, even to each other. The agreements define confidential information as “without limitation, any information in any form that relates to Google or Google’s business that is not generally known,” Doe stated in his application.
However, a spokesperson rubbished the accusations and said that the claims were “baseless”.
“We’re very committed to an open internal culture, which means we frequently share with employees’ details of product launches and confidential business information,” the spokesperson said.
Google is facing similar claims from an unidentified employee in proceedings before the US National Labor Relations Board, which recently struck down confidentiality agreements and other employment contracts that could discourage workers from discussing concerns at T-Mobile USA Inc, DirectTV and a number of other companies.