The National Labor Relations Commission issued a complaint on Wednesday, accusing Alphabet’s Google of illegally monitoring and questioning several workers who were then fired for protesting company policies and trying to organize a union.

The complaint alleges that the U.S. labor regulator found that Google illegally used employees to take administrative leave and terminated their right to access documents related to how the company monitors internal forums. The complaint stated that the agency also discovered Google’s illegal policy on accessing documents and meeting rooms and its strategy for investigating employees, because all these efforts were aimed at deterring workplace organization.

Google said it is confident of taking legal action.

It said: “Google has always been committed to supporting the culture of internal discussions, and we have given great trust to our employees.” “The actions taken by the controversial employees seriously violated our policy and violated the trustworthy responsibility. This is unacceptable.”

Google said these workers violated information security regulations.

Their dismissal limited the two-year battle between Google and employees (especially in the United States). The point of contention is how much the company spends on which projects and how to deal with sexual misconduct and other workplace issues.

After leading the efforts of gathering colleagues, at least five people were fired. The organization worked with the American Communications Workers Union to ask the NLRB to challenge Google.

One of the laid-off workers, Laurence Berland, said Wednesday’s complaint was significant. “At that time we saw the power of a few high-tech billionaires consolidating control over our lives and society.

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The NLRB did not include several other allegations sought by the workers in its complaint, and they said they would appeal.

Google must formally respond to the NLRB before December 16. This case may lead to the reinstatement of the dismissed workers and change the company’s policy. It was originally scheduled to be heard before an administrative law judge on April 12.

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