Fired Google employees will charge the company with unfair labor practices

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A group of four former Google employees who were recently fired plan to file labor charges against the company, accusing the search giant of retaliating against legally protected organizing activity.

The four former employees — Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers, and Sophie Waldman — were all involved in internal activism at the company, and worked to rally other workers to protest issues within the company, like Google’s plan to and work with the Pentagon.

The former employees now say they will file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the company violated their rights by firing them for labor activity...