Even at this festive season when all things should’ve been rosy and rocky at Google headquarters, but otherwise has taken an unpleasant direction if all reports from The Information were anything to go by.
In a reported news by Mashable today, culled from The Information, the search engine giant had been reported to have in its place an internal spying program orchestrated to stop leaks. In line with this, a lawsuit had been filed against the company by an anonymous product manager who claimed that the tech giant company had violated the California state labor laws with its rigid confidentiality policies which included a “spying program.”
The lawsuit stated that Google had encouraged its employees to expose other employees for leaking private information. The suit as well claimed that the company frowned against employees writing a novel about anything that had to do with working at the company without an authorization.
It also stated that Google threatened to fire anyone who tried to disclose information to the media and not encouraging any internal workplace communication pertaining to work issues, like wages, legal violations and others.
Google was reached in an email to confirm the report. A Google spokesperson regarded to the lawsuit as “baseless.” The email reads:
“We will defend this suit to the best of our abilities because it’s 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. At Google, transparency is a huge part of our culture.”
It continued by stating that the company’s intent for being confidential with some certain information and the rationale behind that motive.
“Our employee confidentiality requirements are designed to protect proprietary business information, while not preventing employees from disclosing information about terms and conditions of employment, or working place concerns.”
The lawsuit also claim the company urges its employees not to document company challenges or illegal activity in order not to fall into the wrong hands.
The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco on Tuesday and brought by John Doe.
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