The Communications Workers of America union filed a federal labor charge against Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Thursday, accusing the company of unlawfully firing four employees to deter workers from engaging in union activities.
The complaint, seen by Reuters, will trigger a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigation into whether Google violated the four individuals’ right to collectively raise concerns about working conditions.
Google fired the four named employees “to discourage and chill employees from engaging in protected concerted and union activities,” the filing states. “Its actions are the antithesis of the freedoms and transparency it publicly touts.”
Google did not respond to a request for comment on the filing, though it has said the four workers were let go for violating the company’s data-security policies.
Google also last month acknowledged hiring a consultancy known for defeating unionism.