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Former Google employee complains to NLRB after being fired for building tool that reminded employees of their rights (GOOG)

Former Google employee complains to NLRB after being fired for building tool that reminded employees of their rights (GOOG)
Kathryn Spiers



Google has fired an engineer who built a tool that notified employees of their labor rights when they visited certain websites.




Kathryn Spiers modified a security tool to display additional notifications, and was dismissed last week.




With the help of the CWA union, she has filed a charge with the NLRB alleging Google illegally fired her for engaging in protected activity.




Google said she "abused privileged access to modify an internal security tool," calling her actions "a serious violation." The firm said it did not fire her for trying to inform colleagues of their rights.




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A former Google engineer has filed a complaint against her former employer with the National Labor Review Board (NLRB) after being terminated for building a tool that automatically reminded other Google employees of their rights when they visited certain websites.
Kathryn Spiers, a former security engineer at the California search giant, had modified a feature in the employee-only version of web browser Chrome, that displayed a pop-up notification telling employees that they "have the right to participate in protected concerted activities" when they visited the website of a labor consulting firm hired by Google and some other websites.
The tool was originally designed to present Google employees with security-related notifications as they browse the web, and Google suspended Spiers within hours of her change. She was subsequently fired over what the company says is a violation of its company policy.
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